Ombudsman says no increase in violence since mass killing

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Ombudsman Zoran Pasalic said on Friday that the level of violence in Serbian schools had not increased following the mass killings in a Belgrade elementary school last May.

Pasalic told reporters that much more attention was being focused on the protection of children since the shooting at the Vladislav Ribnikar school. He told the presentation of a report by the Ombudsman and panel of advisors on violence that there were copycat incidents. “Imitating what happened, threats with weapons and bomb threats,” he said adding that the reactions to violence were often inappropriate or inadequate.

The Ombudsman said that it will take time before results of efforts to prevent violence become visible. “The focus of everyone involved in protection and prevention has been increased greatly, including parents, schools and the police,” he said.