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Teacher's killer 'felt his honor had been insulted' and told his friends -" that man has to die "
February 6, 2005
MIM: The Muslim/ Turkish origins of the student who shot a teacher and co principle at point blank range in the school cafeteria was played down in the Dutch media even after fellow students rallied in support of the killer holding up signs reading "Murat We Love You" and stating their intent to hold up a large photograph of the killer at the teacher's memorial service.
Even more horrific is the fact that the killer, who was sentenced as an adult, received a term of a mere 5 years, and 'obligatory pyschiatric treatment '. The 'ethno/religous' motivation for the crime, which was obvious when Murat B. stated he intent to kill his teacher as revenge for his perceived 'humiliation' were played down by the media, who together with law enforcement, steadfastly ignored the Turkish/Muslim code of 'machismo' which seems to be at the heart of the crime.
In a tragically ironic twist, Hans van Wierden, the murdered teacher and co principal of the school, was also an active member of a liberal left wing party( D'66) which campaigns for the rights of foreigners in Holland and whose leader, Boris Dittrich, was called " a stooge, and a lackey, (of radical Islamists)" by murdered Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/89
In a 1999 shooting rampage at a Dutch school by another Turkish student the press barely mentioned the killers ethnicity. These incidents involving Muslims are part of several which have been taking place in Holland in the years before the Van Gogh murder. According to journalist Pamela Hemelrijk, the Telegraaf newspaper reported that two ritual murders of Dutch by Muslims had been committed and letters had been left on the bodies. To date, MIM's research into news reports about the killings has uncovered no mention of either incident in the Dutch press .
. For more on the dangers of refusing to attribute religious and terrorist motives to such killings see Dr.Daniel Pipes latest article : " Denying Terrorism". http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/423
Friday, January 16, 2004
DELIBERATE AND DISTASTEFUL DISRESPECT
This week The Netherlands had its first Columbine-like experience. A disgruntled 17-year old pupil walked into the school's cafeteria and shot a teacher at point blank range in the head, apparently for being suspended from school. The teacher died hours later and the country is in a state of shock because, and forgive me my fellow Dutch readers but I have to write this, a large portion of the Dutch population still has that dreamlike notion that "things like this don't happen in The Netherlands". Well, they do and the occurrence of violence and gun ownership in a country with one of the world's most restrictive gun laws is rapidly increasing. I was not planning to write about this, until I heard last night that a number of students rallied near the school with photos and banners to support the killer, who on the day of the murder had turned himself in to police. It reminded me of this desecration, and it didn't take long to figure out that the horrific murder of a teacher, father and respected city councilor had some ethnic undertones:
The killing and Thursday rally are certain to heighten ethnic tensions in the Netherlands. While the Dutch media does not publish the full names of suspects, or for that matter convicted criminals, publications have not been slow to point out the boy in this case is of Turkish extraction. Fear within a large segment of the public about "ethnic crime" and the perceived lack of integration by immigrants are at fever pitch in the Netherlands.
The gruesome murder is disturbing, yet the fact that many youths have rallied to the support of murderer tells us something about the serious level of disconnection between the Dutch and disgruntled immigrant groups who have failed to integrate economically, socially and morally. On the contrary, I have read many interviews with Muslim youths (second generation, born in Holland and fluent in Dutch) who claimed that while on the surface they look as if they had culturally adapted, they remained angry Muslims inside, bitter with their direct environment and depressed about their future economic prospects. A quick tour of Dutch news sites and message boards revealed as much, with comments from angry Muslim youths who felt that the killing was justified given the marginalized position of Muslim immigrants in The Netherlands. In a week where one of the main political parties acknowledged that integration policies had failed miserably, the murder of a teacher and the distasteful disrespect shown thereafter, illustrates that simple integration models don't work and that a complete pan-European effort is required to stem the tide of economic misery and senseless violence. If Europeans don't act themselves other groups will be more than happy to tap into the discontent among Muslim youth.
School shooting stuns Netherlands
A Dutch schoolteacher has died after a student shot him in the head in a school cafeteria.
Students of the secondary school in The Hague said a pupil known as a troublemaker shot an economics teacher.
Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende described the shooting as horrific and promised an investigation.
Tuesday's shooting has sparked a national debate about security in schools, although the country has stringent gun control laws.
It is the first fatal shooting in a school in the Netherlands and it has shocked the nation.
The teacher died later and the student surrendered to the police.
The public is concerned at violence against teachers and whether security measures are needed in schools.
Violence involving firearms in the Netherlands is rare.
But the national teachers' union says violence in society includes schools.
Last year half the country's teachers were threatened by students and one in 50 was physically assaulted.
They want more rules, security cameras and police protection where necessary.
The country's first school shooting was five years ago, when a student wounded five people.
He was sentenced to five years in prison.
AMSTERDAM — Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has publicly criticised the group of students who held a demonstration in support of one of their peers who is accused of gunning down a teacher in a school canteen in The Hague earlier this week.
Balkenende made his comments after students and staff in Terra College in The Hague gathered Friday for a ceremony of remembrance for teacher Hans van Wieren, 49, who was shot dead by a student on Tuesday 13 January.
"There are young people who have no feeling for a respectful society. They see nothing in this (the shooting) that was unacceptable," Balkenende said.
The prime minister said the victim and thousands of other teachers like him deserved respect for dedicating themselves to educating young people.
About 30 students provoked outrage throughout the country on Thursday when they gathered outside Terra College and expressed support for the murder suspect, 17-year-old Murat D., who was scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon.
One youth told the media: "Van Wieren stopped and confronted Murat in every break between classes. Murat tried everything to solve the problem between them, but everyone has a limit".
The prime minister also lashed out at depictions of violence in the media.
Speaking during his weekly press conference, Balkenende said that the media and makers of computer games should stop and think before featuring violent scenes that helped violent acts become more acceptable in society.
Earlier, ministers observed a minute's silence at the beginning of Friday's Cabinet meeting in memory of the teacher.
Deputy Prime Minister Thom de Graaf and Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven are to attend the cremation of the teacher's remains on Monday.
Van der Hoeven has said that school authorities have been guilty of paying too little attention to the problem of assaults on teachers by students.
Physical attacks on teachers are believed to be a growing problem in the Netherlands, but Tuesday's incident was the first time a student allegedly shot and killed a teacher.
Meanwhile, the police have confirmed that three students at a school in Amsterdam-West have been arrested for allegedly sending a threatening letter to the school.
The letter, which reportedly threatened teachers would be killed, contained a bullet.
The authorities have not ruled out making more arrests.
Translation by Beila Rabinowitz director MIM
'That man is going to die, Murat said '
From our correspondent
Amsterdam -The 17 year old student Murat had earlier threatened to kill the teacher Hans van Wieren at the Terra College in The Hague. Murat felt that Van Wieren had insulted him. "That man is going to die . He has insulted me too much".
Tungay Cinbuluk, a Turkish journalist stated this in the television show 'Around Ten' on Thursday evening. Cinbuluk said he had spoken to friends of Murat. The teacher was not popular with some students because he was strict.
He said that Wieran's approach was"extremely out of proportion". 'Murat was sent out of the class by him several times'. 'He found that humiliating'. Murat was taunted by his friends, according to Cinbuluk. They laughed at him and called him a wimp. That was too much'. 'He felt that his honor was at stake.'
On Thursday evening Murat was taken in front of an investigating judge at court in The Hague. What charges are to be brought against the student are still not known.
The Terra College is holding a memorial meeting for Van Wierden tonight. The educational organisations have requested that a minute of silence be observed after 11 o'clock. Van Wierden will be cremated on Monday.
The Terra College was open on Monday night for students and teachers to discuss the event. Outside a group rallied in support of Murat. Twenty to 30 students pasted a placard to a car window with the text ' we love you Murat'. The police sent the youth away. They announced that they planned to display a large photo of Murat during the memorial service.
Rasul Kaya, a friend of Murat who had accompanied him to the police station, disapproved of the action. " We don't want to get support in this way"
Thursday it was revealed that at another branch of Terra College a teacher had been threatened with a knife by the mother of one of the students. The teacher complained to The Parool (newspaper) about how the incident had been handled. "This woman's son is still sitting in my class. I find that I cannot react or behave in a normal way with him".
Van Wieren is to be cremated in the crematorium van Elkenberg in Rijswijk. Everyone can pay their last respects according to a brother in law. The family has requested that the audio visual media stay away from the crematorium.
In the Statehall of the Dutch Congress Center a memorial meeting will be held for educators in The Hague. Five elementary schools in Haarlem have called for all schools to be closed.
MIM: Original article
|Rechtbank bestraft Murat als volwassene|
|Van onze verslaggever Marc van den Eerenbeemt|
DEN HAAG - Met de veroordeling van Murat D. (17) tot vijf jaar cel en tbs met dwangverpleging heeft de Haagse rechtbank donderdag gekozen voor een sanctie volgens het strafrecht voor volwassenen. De 'buitengewone ernst' van het delict, de moord op conrector Hans van Wieren van het Terra College in Den Haag, speelde daarbij een belangrijke rol.
Ook sprak de rechtbank de vrees uit dat behandeling in een jeugdinrichting te kort zal zijn. Plaatsing in zo'n inrichting duurt maximaal zes jaar.
Psychiaters die de oud-scholier onderzochten, adviseerden de rechtbank eerder een behandeling op te leggen volgens het strafrecht voor minderjarigen. Zij deden dat onder meer omdat Murat D. in een jeugdinrichting minder kans zou lopen te verharden dan in een instelling voor volwassenen. Zij stelden ook dat een langdurige behandeling noodzakelijk is.
De rechtbank acht een langdurige behandeling eveneens nodig wegens de houding van de verdachte tijdens de rechtzitting en het sombere beeld dat daaruit naar voren kwam. 'Het feit dat bestraffing volgens het meerderjarigenstrafrecht niet in het belang is van de verdachte, dient te wijken voor het belang van de veiligheid van anderen.' Slechts in 3 procent van de kinderrechtszaken kiezen rechters voor volwassenenstrafrecht, aldus een Haagse persrechter.
In het vonnis van de rechtbank is het advies opgenomen dat de plaatsing in een tbs-inrichting zo snel mogelijk gebeurt, maar uiterlijk na eenderde van de celstraf. Murat D. zal na aftrek van voorarrest ruim drie jaar gevangen zitten.
De kinderrechters, onder voorzitterschap van C. Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, achtten moord met voorbedachten rade bewezen. Murat D. heeft zich beijverd om een pistool in handen te krijgen en heeft tegen een bekende verklaard dat hij Van Wieren in het hoofd zou schieten. Met het pistool liep hij op 13 januari in de middagpauze in een rechte lijn op de conrector af en schoot het slachtoffer in het hoofd.
Murat D. werd voorafgaand aan het proces psychologisch en psychiatrisch onderzocht. Ook werd gekeken hoe hij zich in een groep gedraagt. Daar nam hij 'zonder terughoudendheid' deel aan een gesprek over vuurwapens en gaf daarbij aan dat hij vuurwapens kon leveren voor 400 euro.
Volgens de deskundigen is de jongen enigzins zwakbegaafd, zeer makkelijk in zijn trots geraakt en niet in staat normale oplossingen te bedenken voor conflicten.
In de periode van het misdrijf werd de vader van Murat D. gearresteerd wegens poging tot moord (en daarvoor ook veroordeeld). Murat, toch al geen makkelijke leerling, begon steeds meer te drinken en te blowen en zich steeds ernstiger te misdragen op school.
Het slachtoffer Van Wieren had de ouders van Murat opgeroepen te komen praten over een schorsing van hun zoon. Deze had al langer het gevoel dat de conrector een hekel aan hem had. De rechtbank spreekt van 'misplaatste gekrenktheid'. Zonder behandeling lijkt het volgens de kinderrechters waarschijnlijk dat Murat opnieuw geweld zal gebruiken om conflicten te beslechten.
Directeur Gerard van Miltenburg van het Terra College stelde dat het slechts te hopen valt dat Murat na zijn straf en behandeling op aanvaardbare wijze zal terugkeren in de maatschappij. Hij verbaasde zich over het gebrek aan emotie dat zijn oud-leerling volgens hem tijdens het proces had getoond. 'Al weet ik niet of hij nu in eenzaamheid aan het huilen is.'
Het schoolhoofd ageerde tegen de bezuinigingen op het onderwijs, waarbij hij pleitte voor een betere samenwerking van scholen en hulpverleners. Van Miltenburg verklaarde verder dat zijn school niet langer kinderen met grote gedragsproblemen wil aannemen als leerling.
De 25-jarige Huseyin S. die Murat het pistool had geleverd, kreeg een jaar cel opgelegd. Hij werd vrijgesproken van medeplichtigheid aan moord.
De jongen die het wapen voor Murat na de moord verstopte, kreeg 31 dagen jeugddetentie opgelegd (de duur van zijn voorarrest) en een voorwaardelijke celstraf van vier maanden.
MIM: In this school shooting the Turkish/Muslim identity of student was played down.He had claimed that he did it ' to avenge his sister's honor.'
Tuesday, 7 December, 1999, 19:31 GMT
Student shoots four at Dutch school
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