A young girl in the Netherlands was beaten up by her culturally enriched schoolmates after a racy photo of her was posted on Twitter.
The material below comes from the Amsterdam TV channel AT5. Many thanks to Bolleke for the original tip, Sagunto for translating both the news article and the video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Girl (13) violated over Twitter photo
A thirteen-year-old girl was beaten up and sent to the hospital last Friday, after a conflict about a Twitter photo.
The victim is a student at Huygens College, a VMBO* high school in the Amsterdam West area. A classmate posted a somewhat juicy picture on Twitter.
According to a police spokesman, the school subsequently witnessed a “tense atmosphere” between two opposing groups. Meanwhile, on Twitter the verbal abuse went on as well. The police paid two visits to the Huygens College, together with the community-coordinator [PC lingo for: local agent] in order to calm things down.
At first this seemed to work, but later that day things turned ugly nevertheless. The girl had been sent home as a precaution, but later on she went back to school to voice her displeasure. At the Overtoom [street in Amsterdam], the girl suffered a bruised vertebra during a violent confrontation that took place between the two groups. She received treatment in hospital and has returned home.
In a comment to AT5 [Amsterdam local news channel] she says she’s terrified of returning to school.
The other girl in the picture is a student from a school in the Amsterdam-Noord area. There are reports that she also has been threatened.
* VMBO = preparatory Community College, lowest level. Many Dutch VMBO schools in major cities are dominated by Muslim youth.
A subtitled video of the accompanying AT5 news report is below the jump, along with a transcript:
|00:01||This is the photo that started it.|
|00:03||Someone put this picture on the internet and started the whole affair.|
|00:07||One of the girls on the photo is a 13-year-old student|
|00:10||at the Huygens College in [Amsterdam] West.|
|00:12||The photo caused a lot of waves at school and even a fight,|
|00:15||in which the student was beaten up by other students on Overtoom street.|
|00:19||The incident still is the talk of the day at the preparatory Community College school|
|00:22||and guarantees fierce comments.|
|00:25||They were with a lot of people, standing over there… said they’d beat up a girl um…|
|00:28||I don’t know for … acting tough or like I don’t know…|
|00:30||[Other girl: — why do you do that? i.e. cooperate]|
|00:31||And then she got like hit or whatever…|
|00:32||I heard that she got beaten pretty badly…|
|00:36||Do you think that’s right?|
|00:37||Yes. — Why?|
|00:39||Because… [pauses] slutty behavior must be punished.|
|00:44||The girl has been taken to hospital with a bruised vertebra, among other things.|
|00:49||The director of the Huygens College knows what happened to his student,|
|00:52||but he is unsure about the direct cause of the molestation.|
|00:55||What caused this fight?|
|00:57||Well, it must be that MSN stuff, I think.|
|01:00||But um… I won’t comment on that, because it’s police matter now and it is under investigation.|
|01:03||It was about a um… somewhat sexy photo I’ve heard, that would have been put on the internet?|
|01:08||I have no knowledge of that.|
|01:09||According to the students the fight was caused by the Twitter photo.|
|01:15||They put a photo of hers on Twitter. I heard it was because of that pic or whatever…|
|01:19||But what kind of photo was it then?|
|01:21||A photo that didn’t show like much clothes and all.|
|01:24||She is just kinda acting like… slutty, and then um… things like these happen.|
|01:29||Kinda slutty? Yeah, slutty… um, just a pic that showed her in ladies’ wear with some other chick.|
|01:35||Oh right, and that would be slutty behavior?|
|01:37||Yeah, that’s slutty behavior.|
|01:39||But what’s against that?|
|01:39||I dunno, I got nothing to do with that.|
|01:42||These days people [??] a bit far, but that is her own problem, but ok…|
|01:45||[The other girl indicating she should stop]|
|01:46||But isn’t that upsetting? ’Cause I believe she really got beat up badly.|
|01:50||Yeah for sure, she was even sent to the hospital.|
|01:52||Yes, and that is normal? No. [Other girls: Come on!]|
|01:54||Meanwhile the 13-year-old girl is home again.|
|01:57||She is terrified of going back to school.|
|01:59||Tomorrow the matter will be discussed between her and the board of the Huygens College.|
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