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Security guards deployed to ensure order in Hungarian schools

The Hungarian parliament has decided to introduce a uniformed guard service at 500 schools to deal with violent students. On Friday, 155 parliamentarians voted in favor of the law with 17 against and 21 abstentions.

Published: July 9, 2020, 8:00 am

    Budapest

    The law enforcement officers will be equipped with rubber truncheons, irritant gas and handcuffs, German daily Die Welt reported.

    In addition, the school guards will receive basic legal training and must have no criminal record. They are administratively subordinate to the police, but they will be receiving their instructions from the local school principal.

    School violence in northeastern Hungary is higher than in other parts of the country, the Minister of Education Zoltán Maruzsa told Kossuth radio station. There, the average household income is the lowest and the Roma share of the population is the highest. No school guards are needed in private and church schools for the time being, but if the institutions request help, they could also be sent there.

    The measure is intended to protect teachers in particular from attacks by students. In the future, such acts would be punishable, also if they resist or attack the guard service, provided that they are at least twelve years old.

    Voters supported this project. In the Hungarian tabloid Blikk, 63 percent of those polled said they voted for deploying school attendants in a reader survey.

    A uniformed security service will also be deployed against litter louts and illegal garbage dumps. These are found even in nature, such as the Budapest forest. The government also plans to impose heavy penalties on unauthorized waste disposal.

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