Not the school itself, but several teachers from the Willem de Zwijger College in Bussum will report threats and physical violence by a few students. That’s what rector Jan Adels says against NH News.
The students took part in the exam stunt that got out of hand last Friday. They allegedly attacked their teachers, among other things. “The fear is still there,” says Adels.
According to the rector, the stunt started pleasantly, with a sound system and dancing students. But as more alcohol was drunk, the atmosphere grew grim and students started throwing bottles. They also peed in the gardens of local residents in the residential area where the school is located.
When dismissed by the school and the police, the students went to another high school, where they threw wood and stones and intimidated and attacked teachers.
Then they returned to the Willem de Zwijger College. They tried to break open the school and again attacked teachers. The police were still nearby and intervened. In doing so, officers used their baton. Two students were arrested and dozens of fines were issued.
Rector Jan Adels said shortly afterwards that he was considering reporting the students. Now it appears that the declaration is not made by the school itself, but by a few separate teachers.
“These are a few teachers who have been seriously attacked or threatened by the students,” says Adels. “I think that is really unacceptable and I understand very well that these colleagues are going to the police.”
Upset and sad
Teachers from the other school, the Sint Vitus College, may also report this. Pupils from that school would also have been involved in the disturbances there.
The teachers of the Willem de Zwijgercollege are upset and sad about what happened, says Adels. “You have to imagine that you work with these students for years, you help them on their way to a great career and a place in society. You also build a bond with them. And then this happens.”
Adels says that the students can expect a phone call from him this week. The fact that things got so out of hand, he says, is mainly due to the alcohol. “I hope that now that the hangover is gone, they have repented and realize that they were really wrong.”
“I expect that they will regret this for a large part of their lives. Unfortunately, repentance comes after sin.”