Feeds

Germans send teen tearaway to Siberia

Boot camp cure for violent youth

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The German authorities have packed off a violent 16-year-old youth to fend for himself in a remote Siberian village in the hope the "intensive educational experience" will cure him of his anti-social tendencies.

The unnamed lad, from the central state of Hesse, was given his marching orders after "behaving violently in school and at home and attacking his mother", the Guardian explains.

While in the "forlorn" hamlet of Sedelnikovo, a good few hours drive from Omsk, he's obliged to chop his own firewood, pump water from the well, and dig his own toilet.

Worse still, he's cut off from friends, family, TV, and the internet, although he does still attend school "under the supervision of a Russian-speaking German assistant".

Stefan Becker, the head of the youth and social department in Giessen, said: "We deliberately sought a region that was particularly lacking in allure. [He] spends most of his time trying to cope with his day to day existence, living in conditions like we had 30 or 40 years ago. If he doesn't chop the wood, his room is cold. If he doesn't fetch water, he can't wash."

The Germans are apparently in the habit in dispatching ne'er-do-wells to foreign lands*, including Greece and Kyrgyzstan, although while some support the boot camp approach to teen delinquency, others are unimpressed.

The Christian Democratic state president of Hesse, Roland Koch, backs boot camps and and favours "warning-shot" arrests for young offenders. The Guardian notes his election speeches have "particularly focused on clamping down on immigrants, said to be responsible for half of all crimes committed by the under-21s".

For others, though, the whole thing smacks more of "a reality TV show than a social welfare programme", as one commentator put it.

Cash, too, may be a factor. The Siberian exile apparently costs €150 a day - roughly a third of the cost of a locally-based punishment. ®

Bootnote

*Anyone who makes any comment whatsoever even lightly suggesting that the Germans have been sending large numbers of ne'er-do-wells to other people's countries for yonks wil be banned from reading El Reg for, let's say, 1,000 years.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.