Since Monday, three employees of a private security company have started monitoring the situation at the Za Chlumem primary school in Bílina, Czech Republic. The school and the town hall, like its founder, are trying to calm the situation in the upper primary classes by bringing in security guards.
Around 20 problematic pupils, believed to be of Roma origin, behave aggressively towards their classmates and their teachers and disrupt teaching. The school received support from the organization ROMEA, which organizes motivational talks with Roma schoolchildren in primary schools throughout the Czech Republic.
Main: These children destroy property and increase attacks on their classmates
“These children cause such problems that teachers frequently have to interrupt their teaching in the classroom. Moreover, they have not only destroyed property, but also constantly escalated their aggression against their classmates, and they have even psychologically attacked educators, “Director Barbora Schneiderová described the situation at Pravo Daily.
Schneiderová headed the Bílina school for four years and taught in a village school before that. The iDNES.cz the news server quotes her as admitting that hiring private security is a questionable step that won’t improve the school’s reputation.
“What am I supposed to do, though, lock myself in my office and lie to everyone about what a great school we are?” the principal asked iDNES.cz rhetorically. The security guards will work at the school until the end of the school year, when the school and the city will decide on other possible measures.
ROMEA offers its help
The Bílina school received help from the ROMEA organization, which since 2019 has been organizing motivational talks in primary schools throughout the Czech Republic; their main objective is to motivate Roma students to study, improve their morale at school and prepare to become productive adults. Motivational speakers are Roma high school and university students who are or have been part of the ROMEA Scholarship Program.
“We want to show local students how far they can go if they work on themselves first. Aggressiveness and arrogance will never lead to beneficial coexistence with others,” says Štefan Balog, head of the ROMEA scholarship program which, together with the Roma high school and students, travels the country to visit schools.
“The morale of problem students needs to be lifted and the right path shown to them. We know it’s never too late to turn around and navigate in the right direction,” Balog said, adding that Schneiderová had welcomed the offer of a discussion and the Roma pupils will visit the school at the beginning of June.