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October 31, 2020

Romanian schools – second most violent in 37 countries

Romanian schools are the second most violent in a ranking that includes 37 countries, with more than 70 pc of Romanian pupils admitting they fear their classmates’ aggressive behaviour, finds a survey conducted by WHO in 2007, quoted by ‘Save the Children’ Romania. During the school year 2009-2010, 55 cases of school violence were reported in Bucharest. Meanwhile, a report of the National Criminology Institute reveals that the majority (60.34 pc) of minors who were sent in court were school pupils at the time they committed the crimes. Among them, 84.3 pc were ethnic Romanians and 10.69 pc ethnic Roma. Out of the 423 indicted pupils, 13.26 pc had normal relations at school and 47.64 pc had conflicting relations with their classmates and teachers, along with difficulties of communication and integration in the collectivity.

An opinion poll conducted by the Bucharest Police in the summer of 2009 found out that 54 pc of pupils consider school violence as a permanent problem, while 44 pc see it as sporadic. In 2007, the Prevention and Psychosociology Institute recorded 16,417 cases of juvenile delinquency in Romania, 50-55 pc of them involving minors without occupation.

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