Published: 08 December 2016 Thursday, 07:22 AM
Bonn, Dec 07 (deutschenews24.de/dpa) -- Court cases against two teachers in Germany who held the heads of several children down a toilet and pressed the flush were called off on Tuesday, a court official said.
The trial was ended as the toilet dunking was not carried out to punish the children and was rather a "bit of fun that got out of hand," according to Oliver Emmer, director of the district court in the western town of Pruem.
One teacher was made to pay compensation of 400 euros (430 dollars).
The children, who were 12 years old at the time of the incident at a youth welfare facility in the Eifel district, apparently agreed to have their heads flushed.
"Their guilt is therefore to be assessed as small," court director Emmer said.
One of the boys also pushed both the teachers` heads down the toilet, he added.
The second teacher was cautioned for coercion as she had forced an 11-year-old in February 2015 to spend two days in a room that resembled a construction site with just water and dry bread.
The boy had insulted the teacher and she wanted to make him apologize to her. She was ordered to pay 1,000 euros as condition of probation.
The women admitted the facts of the case, Emmer said. At the time of the incident, they were aged 22 and 27 years old, relatively inexperienced and working with difficult groups.
"They are not criminals," Emmer said.
"It was all just fun and games," one of the women`s defence lawyers, Hans-Josef Ewertz, said.
The children got on well with the teachers both before and after the incident, Ewertz said.
The facility, named Eifel Court Youth Welfare Gorup, had its licence revoked by the Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for Social Services, Youth and Care in the spring of 2015.
In April 2016 a new facility was opened at the same site to care for unaccompanied refugee children, a spokeswoman for the state office in the city of Mainz said.