North Rhine-Westphalia: Classmates approach young people because of the rainbow flag

Dortmund (dpa / lnw) - Three schoolgirls in Dortmund, who waved a rainbow flag as a sign of tolerance, were hit hard in the schoolyard.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Classmates approach young people because of the rainbow flag

Dortmund (dpa / lnw) - Three schoolgirls in Dortmund, who waved a rainbow flag as a sign of tolerance, were hit hard in the schoolyard. The incident at the Robert Koch secondary school made waves, especially on the Internet, after individual students distributed videos on social media channels. The school management was stunned, but the spirit of the school community remained tolerance, emphasized headmaster Wolfgang Siebeck on Thursday when asked by the dpa.

According to the school management, a week ago three eighth-graders carried a rainbow flag across the schoolyard during a break on the occasion of "Pride Month". They were booed and sprayed with water guns by other students, and one student snatched the flag from them. Several media had reported. The scene blogger "Wikiriot" also made the scandal known. The action weeks "Pride Month" focus on diversity worldwide.

"We deeply regret the incident," Siebeck said. The scene that can be seen in a video does not reflect the attitude of the majority at the Realschule. The videos mainly show children in the 5th and 6th grades. The three affected students have already been spoken to intensively. "Together we will take the incident as an opportunity to do even more to promote tolerance and empathy towards others," said Siebeck. But now to condemn the entire school community would be unfair. The secondary school is attended by around 500 students from over 30 nations.

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