Prosecutor’s office: four charges against the coach of teenagers from the Sports Championship School
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Michał C., a coach of students at the school in Stężyca in Kashubia and at the local Football Academy, was charged with four prosecutors. The prosecutor’s office took up the case after our articles. We quoted reports of teenagers being called fat people, idiots and twats, among others.
– We were afraid of him. There was no telling when he would burst in and start screaming. And for whom – Igor, one of the young players, told us almost a year ago. He recalled a training session during which Michał C. called the young players f… and c….
But it wasn’t just profanity that was uttered. It happened that teenagers heard other terms: fat people, morons, twats. – It all took a toll on my psyche. In the case of boys who had some skills, you could see how they became more and more depressed over time, how they lost their enthusiasm for football. Suddenly, within two or three months, the guys stopped training because it was just… it all burned out because of him. There were moments when I was afraid to enter school, Igor told us.
We quoted this and other accounts of teenage students of the Sports Championship School in Stężyca and the local Radunia club in our article published in January on tvn24.pl. At that time, we reported on at least three teenagers who were under the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist.
After our text, the case was taken up by the prosecutor’s office in Kartuzy. Almost eight months later, on September 8, coach Michał C. was charged with a total of four charges against four different people. As prosecutor Mariusz Duszyński from the District Prosecutor’s Office in Gdańsk told us, the charges concern the crime of insulting other people. This may result in restriction of liberty (e.g. community service) or a fine. In two cases, the prosecutor found that the act of insulting could be “continuous” – that is, there could be more than two acts of insulting and they could follow each other. Investigators reached these conclusions after conducting a number of interviews.
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