Katja Eicke takes a breath, deeply, then sighs. Since 25 years she is in service, she says, but she has never experienced before. Not to the schools where she was in your life so far. Not where they Burg-Gymnasium in Heppenheim, Hesse has been working since 2011 as head of the school: the strong. “I am horrified, really horrified,” says Katja Eicke.

At the school, the heads Eicke in the last seven years, this is a state of emergency. At the beginning of November it went. Students reported a teacher and said they had noticed that on Instagram photos.

to see the teachers of the school were – in situations, there has never been. Someone had cut out their faces digitally and mounted: at one time, it looked so, as a teacher would play a part in a Porn. Another picture gave the impression that a teacher would show the Hitler greeting.

The teacher, who had been raised by the students, informed head of the school, Eicke. “The images were violent,” she says. “Very, very offensive. It was clear to me I must respond immediately.”

dissemination in click speed

In almost every fifth school in Germany, there has been in the past five years, cyber-bullying against teachers, shows a survey by the Association of education among school leaders. Cyber bullying, threats, verbal abuse and teasing over the Internet. In the Form of texts, photos, Videos. On Facebook, Instagram or other platforms, where the content is frequently distributed. The bullying can also be directed against students: Almost one in eight had experienced the 2017 in Germany, showed a study by the Alliance against cyber bullying. Every seventh student was the perpetrator.

The edge of the Gymnasium, the views of the Figures, shows only one school of many, in which it happens. At the same time, cyber bullying is a fairly new Problem that not all colleges have experience. Also the case shows in Heppenheim: “We have to ask ourselves: do we Reach a Generation of students with our concepts of Prevention really, or do we have to do something completely different?”, head of the school, Katja Eicke says.

Who will be made ready, whether student or teacher, learns how it feels to lose control. How do you stop something that has spread with the speed of clicks? How to punish the responsible?

Eight of the teachers affected

In Heppenheim, Katja had to find Eicke answers. Eight teachers from the College were shown in the photos, which were brought by two middle school students on Instagram in circulation. Affected male and female colleagues. The images were created, the students secretly, partly during the lessons. “Breach of trust,” says Eicke. After you learned about it, she informed the school office and police.

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operates Just this school: a grammar school, which specialises in media education, as a “laptop school”. In many classes, students with cell phones and Laptops to work, there are no books, even school books, you on beats on the devices. In addition, there are projects, in the handling and use of Smartphones and Apps is taught. According to a particular training students to be “digital hero” – contact person for fellow students, if the fight online with someone teased.

Just at this school, the headmistress had to now, attach a parent letter to put on notice that there is a case of severe cyber bullying. It is precisely here that the two students who had disseminated the photos were referenced, now of the school.

the authorities

Just at this school, Eicke had to ban the use of cell phones now, from now on, on the entire school grounds. And because of this school, otherwise all of them are constantly online, perceive some, at least, the Smartphone ban as collective punishment, says Eicke. Some were offended, you had done nothing at all.

no Matter what school, no matter what kind of projects: from cyber bullying could protect a teacher is never complete, says Hans Hülsbeck, prevention expert at the Federation of German criminal investigator for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is important to act quickly when a case arises.

“If someone is ready, to deal very aggressively with it and office of education or the Ministry of education and the police to get help,” says huelsbeck. He advises the use of individual interviews with the Stakeholders, including parents.

“think Not only of the perpetrators”

The Problem: often someone is hardly clear whether it was an incident to a criminal Offence or a matter that could be solved without the authorities. But before too long, will thought, you should sign only once, what had happened – the Rest should then decide Offices and police.

in addition, the applicable “Not only to the offender to think about the punishment,” says huelsbeck. The victim had, it is usually more severe, in need of care. A school, a village could also be whispering for years after an incident of cyber bullying: “It is what sticks. In the worst case, a teacher is the always the one who has made a Porno – although he has never made one.”

to prevent this, significantly more staff – and therefore money – is required. In all of the länder, the police go to schools, about violence and bullying to inform. “However, we would like to do much more,” says huelsbeck.

cell phone ban until the end of the half-year

your school must first come to rest, says Katja Eicke in Heppenheim. In the coming days, you want to still talk to everybody. With the colleagues who just keep together, “solidarity,” says Eicke. With the parents ‘ Council you want to talk with the student Council, and always to these questions: How do we reach the students, the cell savvy user of the Internet, the Instagrammer? How can we meet you in the networks, to accompany, observe, on which we are possibly not represented?

Until the end of the half year the cell phone ban is in place. The Instagram Account, on which the two perpetrators had the Fake photos will be uploaded is now deleted. Whether and how many Screenshots are there that could spread perhaps still more remains unclear. The two that are responsible, you will not be entering the starkenburg-Gymnasium in Heppenheim, in the future, as its students.