Schoolboy stabbed to death
12 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – A 16-year-old student of the Technisch College (TeC) Amsterdam (technical college) was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old fellow student. The boy was stabbed in the neck outside the playground at the Vlaardingenlaan. Shortly afterwards the boy died in hospital.
12 October 2007
AMSTERDAM – A 16-year-old student of the Technisch College (TeC) Amsterdam
(technical college) was stabbed to death by a 14-year-old fellow student. The boy was stabbed in the neck outside the playground at the Vlaardingenlaan. Shortly afterwards the boy died in hospital.
Witnesses were quoted as saying that the boys, both from the same class of the (VMBO), a school for pre-vocational secondary education, had begun fighting over a pen. After the stabbing the suspect ran away to a nearby metro station where fellow students caught him and he was handed over to the police.
Immediately after the stabbing teaching activities were suspended. Teachers and students of the Christian secondary school were shocked by the boy’s death. Counsellors were called in to provide assistance. "When we told the teachers they were devastated," Ton Senf said. "Normally speaking this happens elsewhere and now it has happened here."
Politicians and trade union officials were also shocked by the violent death of the boy. "This is terrible news. A school should be a safe place," said Education State Secretary Marja Bijsterveldt.
"Pain, that is what you feel," said Amsterdam alderman Hennah Buyne (education), who visited the school along with Mayor Job Cohen a few hours after the stabbing.
After the stabbing emotions ran high and discussions flared up again about security at schools. The CNV union for education argues that this is proof again that schools do have a security problem, chairperson Marleen Barth said. Following the stabbing the Party for Freedom (PVV) sent a letter to Education Minister Ronald Plasterk and Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin calling for unorthodox measures to combat violence at schools.
Time and again serious incidents involving violence have been taking place in and around schools during the past few years. In April of this year the 16-year-old student Nan van Wijk from Heerhugowaard died after he had been beaten up by a classmate at his school in Alkmaar. The perpetrator was a 17-year-old boy. At the end of March violence at schools reached a record high with four stabbings in three days. Pupils got injured in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Oss and Naaldwijk.
It is not exactly clear what the security situation at schools is as nation-wide figures are lacking. Figures from the online registration system for incidents at schools, IRIS, showed last month that secondary schools report only 8 percent of the incidents such as fights, theft and vandalism to the police. The system is used by 230 schools.
Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen could not yet answer the question of what the stabbing says about the security at schools in the capital. "This is one boy who has a knife," Cohen said.
The Technisch College checks on weapons in bags and lockers two to three times a year, according to director Senf. "Every now and then we find something. It has always worked perfectly. And now it went wrong."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news