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Authorities Searching for Bullies Involved in Greek Student's Suicide

giakoumakisVangelis Giakoumakis, the Greek student who committed suicide after being bullied by his fellow students, was buried yesterday in Rethymno, Crete. Thousands of people were present at his funeral to pay their respects and say their last goodbyes.
Meanwhile, Greek authorities have launched a new cycle of investigations to determine to what extent Vangelis was being bullied. Greek police have assured that the bullies and the Dairy School staff members who allowed the bullying to go on, would not remain unpunished.
After the young man’s body was found last Sunday the Cyber Crime Unit was forced to take down a blog that had posted obscenities about Vangelis Giakoumakis. The Cyber Crime Unit officers found the administrators’ electronic traces and they are now waiting for Google and Twitter to reveal the online identities of at least eight people who posted vile comments.
The police are not excluding the theory that the same people who were involved in the online posthumous bullying of Vangelis, were the same people who tortured him while he was still alive. At the moment they have traced their locations in various parts across Greece, including Euboea, Athens and Crete.
Justice Minister announces provisions against bullying
On Wednesday, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos made certain clarifications regarding the new provisions against bullying that will be included in the bill for the abolition of maximum-security prisons, saying that the existing Criminal Code could not provide for cases where the victim was an adult.
The current legislation concerned cases of victims under the age of 17 who have suffered injuries after continuous strident behavior, Paraskevopoulos said adding that it could not provide for adults, even elderly people who are victims of bad behavior.
He also underlined that current legislation did not refer to cruel behavior that caused psychological problems and affected a person’s health in general. Referring to bullying at schools, he said that “possibly more provisions may be needed, this is a specific weakness in the Criminal Code regulation.”

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