Üks sõber saatis mulle lingi kõnekale artiklile, mille räägitakse mastaapsest laste kuritarvitamise skandaalist, mis on tulnud ilmsiks Saksamaal paiknevas prestiižikas ja progressiivses ilmaliku Odenwaldi koolis.
Nestled in rustic style buildings amidst the hills of the Odenwald mountains, Germany’s most prominent progressive boarding school has become embroiled in the latest revelation of abuse in German schools. Almost the entire governing board of the Odenwaldschule has resigned after it was revealed that a culture of permissive abuse of schoolchildren was tolerated from 1966 to 1991, involving at least thirty-three victims and eight teachers, and perhaps more. The details of the case are too lurid for reproduction here, but involve the abuse of students by teachers and even a headmaster, as well as tolerating and sometimes encouraging the abuse of students by other students.
Eriti tähelepanuväärne on artikli viimane lõik, millest nähtub, et samal ajal kui maailmameedias tehakse meeletuid pingutusi leidmaks kasvõi kõige pingutatum seos paavsti ja Katoliku Kirikus aastate eest toimunud laste kuritarvitamisjuhtumite vahe, on meedia väljaspool Saksamaad kõnealuse juhtumi (nagu paljud teisedki sarnased juhtumid ilmalikes koolides) täielikult maha vaikitud.
The revelations are only the latest among many surrounding Catholic, Protestant, secular schools, as well as the schools of Communist East Germany. Outside Germany, however, the mainstream media have only taken an interest in whichever scandals or stories they can link back to Pope Benedict XVI, or, failing that, his brother Fr. Georg Ratzinger. No English-language media from outside Germany have bothered to report on the Odenwaldschule affair, except for the tiniest of mentions in the Guardian on 17 March.