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11-year-old schoolgirl hospitalized after being beaten by teenagers in Ukraine's Kharkiv region

A girl has an injury of the right hip joint
16:27, 5 November 2018

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Teenagers at school beat an 11-year-old schoolgirl in the village of Berdyanka of Kharkiv region. The girl was hospitalized in a local hospital with a joint injury. This was reported by the Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine.

The incident happened on November 2. The doctors were called over to school.

"The injured girl said she was beaten during the break by five pupils who study at the same school. According to the preliminary diagnosis set after the examination, she has an injury of the right hip joint,” the message says.

It is noteworthy that similar cases in Ukraine are not uncommon recently. The most resonant cases were the beating of schoolgirls by teenagers in Chernihiv and Odesa. The Verkhovna Rada adopted the law, which provides for the fines for bullying (moral or physical violence) in schools.

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It is proposed to provide fines for bullying from 12 to 30 dollars Administrative Code (if the bullies are under 16 years of age, the parents will pay the fine). A repeated violation during the year will incur the fine from 60 to 120 dollars. If a teacher, head or founder of an educational institution kept silent about cases of bullying, the penalty is from 30 to 60 dollars.

As it was reported earlier, in September 2018, Maryna Poroshenko, Ukraine’s First Lady, within the 73rd UN General Assembly had a working meeting with the authority of New York Education Department where she discussed prevention and counterwork of bullying. She thanked the American side for cooperation which began in 2016, which facilitated crucial changes in the process of inclusive education in Ukraine.

UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency) reported earlier that 24% of children became victims of bullying at school in Ukraine in 2017.

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