The following article about increasing violence in German schools was published last week at Michael Mannheimer’s Blog. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Violence in the Schools
Five Incidents in Two Weeks
At several schools in Saxony-Anhalt in recent weeks, there have been violent confrontations involving immigrants. As Silke Stadör of the state school board told MDR, there were five incidents in two weeks. The attacks occurred in schools in Wittenberg, Bitterfeld, Magdeburg, and twice in Stendal In the same instances, teachers were threatened as well. There was a brawl in front of a school in Bitterfeld this week. Three adolescents from Syria battered fellow students with chains. Three German youths were injured. The police are investigating and examining a connection with a mass brawl at the vocational school center in Wittenberg. In early September there, 20 youths came to blows — among them Africans and Syrians.
One-On-One Talks, Teacher Training, Crisis Intervention Teams
After the brawl at the secondary school in Bitterfeld, the school administration and the immigration coordination center consulted on how these excesses of violence could have occurred.
Since then, according to Stadör, there have been school psychologists active in each of the affected schools. They were offering one-on-one consultations. Furthermore, says Silke Stadör, teachers are to be trained in how to act in the case of physical confrontations.
According to a statement by the state school board, the percentage of foreigners, especially in secondary and vocational schools, has increased by leaps and bounds. So there is an increase in the number of incidents involving immigrants. Stadör is not willing to speak of a trend towards more violence in the schools — there is as yet too little data. However, the present burst of violence has sounded an alarm at the state school board.
Crisis intervention teams will now be formed at the schools. And there will be conversations with county and local authorities about more school social workers.
|1.||Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk = Middle German Radio. The term “mitteldeutsch” can apply to something ”central to Germany geographically, culturally, linguistically, etc. Since 1990, it is most often used for Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.