THESSALONIKI — In another sign that Greece’s anti-vaxxer movement is getting more violent in resistance to taking COVID-19 shots, a 37-year-old father was charged with barging into his son’s school and causing a disturbance because the boy was not allowed in after refusing to wear a mask.
The man, who wasn’t identified, reportedly stormed into the elementary school, shoved and yelled at the principal and kept other students from going in during his rampage.
His son also didn’t produce a negative self-test as required during the incident at the Second Elementary School of Thermi, southeast of Thessaloniki. The father was charged with disrupting the operation of a public service, among other charges, and will be tried on Sept. 24, said Kathimerini.
Speaking to local media after his release from police custody, the 37-year-old claimed that his son transferred to the Thermi school after a similar incident at his previous school.
“Our children are God’s children. I will send him back to school again tomorrow without a mask and without a self-test. Anyone who stands in my way will suffer the consequences,” he told reporters.
After the report, New Democracy government spokesman Yiannis Oikonomou said there will be zero acceptance of parents refusing to require children to follow health rules at schools to prevent classes from shutting down.
“The government and the educational community cannot tolerate such behavior. There are specific laws, provisions and instructions that are clear,” he told SKAI Radio, warning of legal actions if there is.
“Measures and the vaccine are synonyms for the word ‘Freedom,’” he added although Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis still hasn’t made shots mandatory for teachers and staff, only health care workers.