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10-year-old severely beaten by teenagers

The Local · 11 Oct 2011, 14:35

Published: 11 Oct 2011 14:35 GMT+02:00

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The incident occurred last Friday near the central town square of Bad Pyrmont in the state of Lower Saxony. It is not yet clear what motivated the attack, in which the boys reportedly knocked the boy to the ground with their fists and then kicked him repeatedly.

“A witness saw the incident and separated the attackers from the victim,” Udo Nacke, head of the Bad Pyrmont police told the website of news magazine Der Spiegel. The woman then passed the boy on to his parents, who took him to a child hospital in the nearby town of Hamelin.

He spent three days in hospital being treated for abdominal trauma, but was released Tuesday. “He is doing okay,” said Nacke.

The victim is said to have known his attackers from school, but was not friends with them. He told the police he did not do anything to provoke the attack.

Nacke said the twins have been arrested in the past for assault and theft. They will be questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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15:08 October 11, 2011 by sonja19781996
What is this world coming to?
15:54 October 11, 2011 by AbhilashD
Going to the dogs, sir, that's what. Too much violence and macho-ism glorified everywhere. Oh, and sex. Too much sex and nudity.

They should ban pornography, violence and everything on TV. Return to the good holy books. Spare the rod, spoil the child. And all that.
16:54 October 11, 2011 by Keksi
Return to the good holy books: If your son misbehaves, have him stoned, if children make fun of you, let them be eaten by bears...

Parental neglect, glorification of violence and an educational system, that's slowly falling apart are the cause good sir...
16:57 October 11, 2011 by mos101392
As an American Soldier, I am disgusted with hearing more and more about citizens getting mugged and beat up in public places. I plan to pretend I am drunk and hang around public places so I can give back what these punks are doing. Obviously they do not fear the police. So if you are a punk and are looking for easy targets, you might find me in major Bahnhofs, subway stations, public places, ect. Hope to see you soon :O)
19:44 October 11, 2011 by Soonerdiver
For "MOS 101392"... you sir are a disgrace to the uniform of an American Soldier! To proudly proclaim you are a soldier and then state that you are going to hang out in Bahnhofs, etc in an attempt to lure someone to try attacking you is the sign of a sic mind. Don't you get enough fighting when deployed? As I said at the start you are a disgrace to the uniform and should be removed from the service immeidiately; for the good of the service.
20:38 October 11, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
Well done to whoever intervened. Possibly saved the kids life.
20:43 October 11, 2011 by SamuelClemens
Typical military...
02:14 October 12, 2011 by AbhilashD
@ keksi - Sarcasm, mate. :-)
05:02 October 12, 2011 by mizresa

I think not! My family has spent many years in Germany with my husband who is an active duty soldier. He has 21 years in service and has never done anything like the previous soldier has stated a desire to do.

Typical civilian.
14:46 October 12, 2011 by mos101392
@soonerdiver-You and others like you have no clue! Also, you are in no position to judge anyone and I will not waste the time to convince you. This is "NOT" my reason, but my own son was mugged in the Frankfurt HBF. There are the sheep and there are those who do what's needed. I hope that by (just) reading this, will deter at least one punk from taking advantage of someone weaker. You are a disgrace and I can almost guarantee my military record will outshine whatever you have to offer. So sit back and keep rambling on as if you, and others like you matter!



18:16 October 12, 2011 by mkvgtired

"in an attempt to lure someone to try attacking you"

Do you realize how foolish that sounds? It would be in no way his fault if someone attacked him because they thought he was drunk. By your logic, every truly drunk person deserves to be mugged because their actions force others to attack and rob them. The previously law abiding people would have no choice.

It would be better if this scum had to face someone that was at least capable of defending themselves, as opposed to someone that could be easily beaten, possibly to death.

But I dont know why I am posting. You clearly would prefer a 10 year old is attacked. After all, his actions (being 10) were too powerful for the law abiding citizens to avoid. He should wait 10 years to ride public transit, because clearly his age is too provocative for these law abiding citizens to resist turning into violent criminals.
19:46 October 12, 2011 by zeddriver
We all know the twins aren't the problem. It lay at the feet of the parents.
20:02 October 12, 2011 by Whipmanager
Teh diversity of the respondents is pretty wide. We see soemone with very religious rules that wishes to physically punish kids so they behave. It has been done for centuries, and maybe to some lesser degree it has taught respect and fear of reprisals. It has also led to "well intentioned" adults going too far and not thinking there is a limit.

We have a soldier, that thinks as I do, wait for the attack, and then give the bad guys something they don't expect. A sort of romantic Robin Hood type of response.

We have peaceniks that hate violence and they just think if they ignor it and let the police handle it, it will go away. I fear for the safety of those that give up self defense to the police, and actually think there is a polizist behind every corner waiting for the bad guys. He isnt there. He and his colleagues are few and stretched thin looking for terrorists. Society is breaking down, and with people forgetting how to give and take a punch in the nose, the sheep are being led to slaughter.

Every kid needs to learn self defense. He or she needs to be taught discipline and restraint, but know that it is better to bruise a nose or eye, then go to the hospital. It is the obligation of every parent to teach kids to be respectful but not die the death of a defenseless coward. MOms need to quit having kids out of wedlock, and also all parents need to be held accountable for the lack of moral awareness of their children.

Bad guys look out, you deserve anything you get and any violent end you receive.
13:03 October 13, 2011 by jodessa
What gets to me is the lack of punishment and rehabilitation minors get for committing crimes like this. I am not saying to throw them into prison with murderers, but make the ENTIRE family get on-going therapy and have to do community service.....here it is just a slap on the wrist and go home.
16:45 October 13, 2011 by zeddriver

I would also require the parents to pay the full hospital bill. Along with the cost of the police response.
17:47 October 13, 2011 by elanchen
finally a couple of people thinking rationally! reading the comments i was astonished with the extreme thoughts and opinions from holyrollers to down in the gutters. what is all that? i am all for restitution but in the way WE have opted for through our voting and choices to live life TODAY. why are we fighting for freedom to choose etc. if we return to primitivity?
19:31 October 13, 2011 by flipinwotsit
@101392...Eat your heart out Jack Reacher ..( Lee Child novels, local milatary hero)...
00:50 October 14, 2011 by zeddriver

The problem is we haven't been voting for freedom of choice. Most people vote for the politician that promises to give them the biggest amount of someone else's money.
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