Interior Ministry: Five schoolgirls involved in beating girl of own age
Penza, 23 March 2016. PenzaNews. A total of five girls have been involved in the beating of a Penza schoolgirl, who was born in 2003, the press service of the Penza region Ministry of the Interior department informed PenzaNews. The incident caused great resonance in regional and federal media alike.
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“The police identified all girls involved in the crime using the video clip published online. They are five students of three city schools, aged 13 to 16. We also identified their victim,” they clarified.
A number of experts will be held due to the incident, the police added.
As Penzanews reported earlier, the first reports saying a group of schoolgirls cruelly beaten another girl of their age and filmed the process began appearing online in the evening of Tuesday, March 22.
The video clip published online shows the victim girl covered in blood and pleading for her assailants to stop, while they keep punching and kicking her and dipping her head in the snow. At the same time, another girl that is filming the beating can be heard making a coldblooded remark that the screen is shaking because her hands got cold. The clip ends with the assailed girl promising not to report the incident to the police.
The Penza region Investigative Committee began an investigation of the matter, will evaluate the promptness and fullness of preventive measures by responsible parties, and will result in a proceeding decision.
Moreover, the Penza region prosecutor’s office organized a separate investigation into the fact. They will research the life and family backgrounds of the girls involved in the conflict, the details behind the incident, and the actions undertaken the parties responsible for prevention of such crimes.
According to the Ministry of Education, the conflict in question that had taken place on March 4 involved the girls studying in Penza schools No. 75/62, 28 and 57. The assailed schoolgirl did not tell her parents about the incident, and the homeroom teacher was told on the day after that her student was absent due to an illness. The homeroom teacher visited the girl at home in person on March 12, and the latter returned to her studies on March 14. The police was informed by the school of the incident on March 16.
In his reaction on the incident, the Penza region Minister of Education Alexander Voronkov called such occurrences unacceptable, and stressed that each school will undergo checks for organization of case-by-case work with families that have problems in upbringing of their children.