German boy forced to wear anti-Semitic placard

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16 October 2006, Parey, Germany (dpa) - Police in Germany said Monday they have identified the bullying rightist schoolboy who drew a humiliating anti-Semitic placard and forced another boy to wear it at school last week. Three boys face sedition charges over the Nazi-era doggerel, which said, "I'm the nastiest swine in town; with the Jews I always hang around." A teacher called police after seeing the sign Thursday. The 16-year-old who was forced to wear the notice on his chest, in a chilling replication

16 October 2006

Parey, Germany (dpa) - Police in Germany said Monday they have identified the bullying rightist schoolboy who drew a humiliating anti-Semitic placard and forced another boy to wear it at school last week.

Three boys face sedition charges over the Nazi-era doggerel, which said, "I'm the nastiest swine in town; with the Jews I always hang around." A teacher called police after seeing the sign Thursday.

The 16-year-old who was forced to wear the notice on his chest, in a chilling replication of Nazi bully tactics in the 1930s, had earlier challenged the trio, who live in the small town of Parey, west of Berlin.

Prosecutor Thomas Kramer said in the town of Stendal that one of the three suspects, all aged 15 or 16, had "definitely" been identified as the author. The group also face charges of duress and insult.

Parents said the victim, who was leftist, had earlier mocked the rightists by shaving his head and wearing jackboots as a parody of them.

At the school, principal Anita Krueger has responded with fury, saying a "handful of idiots" had ruined her school's good reputation. She told reporters, "We are working to fix this situation, so please leave us alone."

Parents in Parey, population 2,800, said a "hard core" of neo-Nazis had been intimidating other youths for some time. Last year, other youths stubbed out a lighted cigarette on the neck of a Lebanese-born boy and insulted him outside the school gate.

Police counted 1,100 racist or anti-Semitic crimes last year in the eastern German state of Saxony Anhalt, of which Parey is part.

Charlotte Knobloch, president of Germany's national council of Jews, said such incidents were a threat to society as a whole and could not be brushed aside as "isolated." She said offenders must be punished every time.

DPA

Subject: German news

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