The management and professional service of the First Elementary School in Srebrenica interviewed the students who posted the disputed photo and pronounced them adequate measures for inappropriate behavior, the Republika Srpska Ministry of Education and Culture announced on Wednesday.
A photo of nine boys from the seventh to the ninth grade of the First Elementary School in Srebrenica was posted on social networks, with three fingers and other characteristics used by Chetniks.
According to the ministry, the school’s expert team is tasked with holding meetings with the parents of these students and drawing their attention that they are responsible for their children’s behavior, among other things, on social networks.They emphasize that the First Primary School in Srebrenica will take all measures to prevent any occurrence that could endanger the safety of students or lead to discrimination on any grounds.
Children commended with Chetniks characteristics during the Saint Sava celebration on Monday in elementary school in Srebrenica, Vijesti.ba news portal reports. The children of the head of Islamic community in Srebrenica did not attend the ceremony, and he sent a message that discrimination is unacceptable on any basis, especially on a national and religious basis.
“Therefore, our children will not be present at festivities, and it is up to the other parents to choose whether their children will attend events,” was written in a message from the Srebrenica imam (head of Islamic community in Srebrenica), whose children attend the First Primary School in Srebrenica.
On social media, a photo was posted showing elementary school celebration, and children following Orthodox religion celebrating Chetniks.
Young Chetniks in Srebrenica – Terrible! Children celebrate Chetniks in elementary school in Srebrenica On this occasion, the Chief Imam the Islamic Community in Srebrenica, Damir Pestalic stated that it is precisely because of these and similar appearances that have been repeated over the years that they have warned of the increasing popularity of extolling criminals and insulting victims of genocide.
“It is impossible for a school principal, educator and psychologist not to keep track of what students do on social networks,” Pestalic told Preporod.info. He expressed his concern about such behaviors that frighten Bosniak children in Srebrenica.
Republika Srpska entity President Zeljka Cvijanovic, commenting on the reactions to a photograph of children in Srebrenica wearing traditional costumes and Chetnik characteristics posted on social media with the inscription “Chetnik Brothers” pointed out that the whole system of education cannot be condemned on the basis of one picture.
“Photography, or anything that causes the negative emotions of others, does not necessarily mean that you have to condemn the whole system. It cannot be judged on the basis of a single photograph of what the system is like,” Cvijanovic told reporters in Banja Luka on Tuesday evening.
She emphasized that it is important that there are dedicated people in the education system of the Republika Srpska who are engaged in honorable work and that there are institutions that take care to advance the educational and educational process.
“That is why we are embarking on reforms to prepare our students so that they can reach quality jobs after graduation,” Cvijanovic says. Republika Srpska Education and Culture Minister Natalija Trivic said she was not aware of the case and could not comment on it.