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Greek Mom Arrested for Spreading Fake COVID-19 School Claims

THESSALONIKI — A mother whose son wasn’t allowed to enter a high school in Thessaloniki because he didn’t have a COVID-19 self test result showing he wasn’t infected was arrested after she said students who tested positive would be quarantined, which isn’t true.

The woman, who was not identified, was charged after she filed a lawsuit against the principal of her son's school for barring him from entering, leading her to make the false claims on her Facebook page, said the business newspaper Naftermporiki.

High school pupils in Greece must report a negative result from a self-test – distributed for free via neighborhood pharmacies – in order to attend reopened schools at the senior level that opened April 12 during the still lingering pandemic.

There are still parents and others in Greece who think the pandemic is a hoax or a conspiracy to make them get vaccinated to control their minds, which doesn’t seem to be working in their case.

Some of them and their children, pupils at the Evosmos high school in the northern Greece city that is Greece’s second largest, blocked teachers and other pupils from entering the school, essentially declaring an "occupation" of the facility.

The arrested woman was one of the protesters, and later made statements to reporters at the scene and was shown on video but not identified by the newspaper or media.

A prosecutor also ordered an investigation into other social media posts urging parents to reject self tests and also into people filing nuisance law suits against public administrators for the same reason, the site said in the report.

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