In Poland, a woman is facing trial for speaking out about a teacher who allegedly compared a student to Vladimir Putin and hit him
In Poland, a woman is facing trial for speaking out about a teacher who allegedly compared a student to Vladimir Putin and hit him on the back of his head. The incident was reported by the mother of another student who is no longer attending the school. Now, the student's mother will appear in court.
The case was reported by Gazeta Wyborcza.
In early July of last year, someone asked for opinions about School Complex No. 1 in Olkusz on social media. Mrs. Agnieszka commented on the post. She had withdrawn her daughter from the school in June 2022 after various disputes with the teachers and school management.
She recounted a disturbing incident that occurred at the school a few months earlier, which, in her opinion, should have interested the police and prosecutor's office. During a German language lesson, the teacher noticed that three students were exchanging test answers. She took their sheets and then hit one of them on the back of his head. At the beginning of the next lesson, she commented on the boys' behavior, stating that it reminded her of Putin's behavior.
"Why did the school principal do nothing? This case should be in the hands of the police and the prosecutor's office, but there is silence. The teacher's attack on a minor student was not provoked by him; he did nothing wrong. I'm surprised that parents accept such treatment of their children," Agnieszka wrote.
Later, the teacher explained that she was "in a state of great emotional turmoil." She added that "the behavior and brazen cheating resembled more of Putin's behavior of deceiving people than that of students."
Nine days after the incident, the school's principal filed a request with the education inspector, Barbara Nowak, asking her to "initiate an investigation." She also included a statement from the parents of the assaulted student, stating that they had no complaints against the teacher. The disciplinary ombudsman for teachers, acting within the school council, decided not to initiate proceedings. Instead, the school principal filed a case against the mother who spoke about the incident, demanding that Agnieszka delete her comment within five days, correct it, and apologize.
"Your post should be considered slander, baseless, and violating my personal rights. Your behavior also undermines the seriousness of the function I perform as a public servant," she wrote in a letter.
However, Agnieszka did not delete the post. "I wrote the truth, and I'm not ashamed of it," she emphasized.
In October 2022, the police, at the prosecutor's request, charged Agnieszka with insulting a public servant under Article 226 of the Polish Criminal Code. The court, upon the request of Agnieszka's lawyer, changed the qualification of the action to defamation, which is prosecuted in a closed procedure.
The woman faces punishment in the form of a fine, restriction of liberty, or imprisonment for up to one year.
As reported by The Gaze, a scandal erupted in Poland after a minister from the ruling "Law and Justice" party, Jarosław Ozdoba, insulted the opposition leader Donald Tusk following a football match in which Poland defeated Germany.