[Hungary] Expert on School Violence: There Should be Consequences, but they Mustn’t be Stigmatizing

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04 Feb 2020

Zoltán Maruzsa, Secretary of State for Education, said that violence in school mainly occurs among 12–14 year-olds, so the age limit of culpability should be reduced. Although the Hungarian government is planning to install surveillance cameras in schools to curb school violence, child rights expert Szilvia Gyurkó claims that it is not the best solution since cameras can only capture 12% of the violent incidents. Instead, she recommends supporting professionals. She also emphasizes the importance of giving feedback to children when they do something unacceptable, but highlighted that the consequences cannot be stigmatizing. The chairman of PDSZ said that the government’s proposals do not provide solutions, and that the emphasis should anyway be on prevention, for example with the Peaceful Schools program


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