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June 28, 2022
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Pupil stabbed to death, another wounded

Two pupils at the “Tudor Arghezi” High School in Craiova were stabbed yesterday at noon right in front of the school. One of them, stabbed in the chest, has died. The other one is in hospital. Five more children were part of the group including the two victims, yet they escaped unscathed from the incident. It happened in the district of Rovine, as several 11th grade pupils heading to school were met by a rival group including a former pupil at the same school, with a petty crime record, who was among the aggressors.


The case of the two pupils stabbed in Craiova has alerted the government too. According to government spokesperson Ioana Muntean, Prime Minister Emil Boc has asked Minister of Administration and Internal Affairs Traian Igas to go to Cra­iova in order to personally keep an eye on the case. Accor­ding to a communiqué, the Premier labelled the situation in Craiova as being extremely serious, asking the authorities to have zero tolerance towards criminals. Education Minister Daniel Fu­ne­riu contacted the Internal Affairs Minister and Dolj Coun­ty’s General School Inspector, asking them to analyze “whether this school did its duty in what concerns security.” Two officers from the Roma­nian Police’s General Inspecto­ra­te and specialists from the Cri­minal Investi­gations Office’s Homicide Department have been dispatched to Craiova where they will investigate the case.


SCHOOL VIOLENCE PLACES ROMANIA ON SECOND PLACE IN EUROPE


Several pupils have been stabbed in Romanian schools in recent years. According to a survey authored by the World Health Organization, Romania is on second place in a 37-nation table that concerns school violence. The latest incident of this kind took place on May 21 this year, back when several pupils were beaten outside the ‘Goethe’ German-language College. The attackers used clubs and chains. On May 10 two pupils were stabbed by one of their colleagues in a park in Timisoara. The attacker fled but turned himself in several hours later.

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