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No Jail Time for Greek Anti-Vaxxer Dad Who Terrorized School

September 26, 2021

THESSALONIKI – A 37-year-old father who tore into a school in northern Greece and pushed a principal after his son was denied entry for refusing to wear a mask in violation of COVID-19 health rules was given a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for three years.

A Thessaloniki court didn't order any jail time unless the terms are violated which the man – who was not named despite being convicted – indicated he might likely do saying the court had no jurisdiction over him and he didn't accept the verdict, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported.

His son didn't present a self-test as required for unvaccinated students and the father refused to wear a mask as required for his court session, leading judges to order him removed and also fined 300 euros ($351.60) with no report if it was paid.

He was found guilty of disrupting a public service and of defamation after he also barred other students from going into the school, trying to impose his anti-vaxxer stance on them.

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 but the first case produced a suspended sentence.

“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 now.

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