Parents concerned about violent children in Felsen-Nord: ‘The perpetrators are between eight and fifteen’

The number of incidents involving threats and serious violence by and against young people in Filsen Nord has increased in recent weeks. Even a 19-year-old boy suffered a fracture of the base of the skull and a concussion. It is estimated that some children from this violent group are very young: “I know who they are,” he tells someone on Facebook. “You can get such a big mouth from them, they’re between 8 and 13, it’s really ridiculous.” The police do not recognize the photo.

Mothers in North Felsen with Facebook messages – NH Nieuws

The Facebook group “Je bent Velsen-Noorder als…” is filled with shocking stories. For example, the story of a mother of a thirteen-year-old girl last Wednesday: “I just left the police in connection with the assault of my 13-year-old daughter, who is both a friend and a friend of hers. One was kicked in the face and the other in the back!”. Or Linda about her son and boyfriend earlier this week: “One took his phone, stole and used a debit card. The other got hit. It’s not normal anymore.”

The mother of the abused daughter recalled the alarmingly low age of some of the perpetrators: “It’s a group of boys and girls between the ages of about 8 and 15. Four of them were actively violent and the rest looked on laughing.”

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Above all, yesterday’s mother shared the story of her 19-year-old son who has an intellectual disability: He has been “bullyed for over a year” and “can’t play outside normally, because they keep looking for him”.

Last Tuesday, he suffered a fractured skull base and a concussion in a collision with a bus at Cineworld in Beverwijk. His mother made an appeal in a Facebook group yesterday: “We would like to know what happened because there are rumors that my son has been stalked. This is really exaggerated.”

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Violence and threats in North Vilsen – screenshot Facebook

A police spokesman was able to confirm the injury of a boy on a bicycle near the cinema in Emplacementsweg. But he could not determine that the accident was the result of a stalking.

The spokesperson was also unable to confirm the image that a group of children and young people had been terrorizing the neighborhood in and around Velsen Nord for a while after a conversation with the local police officer. According to him, very few reports and statements have been issued for this. “Last week, on Tuesday, there was a report on that girl,” he says. On the same evening, there was also a report of a woman being molested while walking her dog.

“If everyone tells the stories, but doesn’t report, then we can’t do much,” he continues. “You can also file a report via Meld Misdaad Anoniem. This is independent of the police, so we don’t really get to know the identity if people are afraid of it.”

Mode that plays a few weeks

Other authorities are aware of the problems children in the village are experiencing. Youth worker Lars Steinken can well understand the parents’ concerns: “It’s a situation that will last for a few weeks, so we still have to figure out exactly where the problem is, together with the network partners: what exactly is the situation? Where can we mediate?”

“We think the boredom at the end of the holiday is also a point”

Lars Steinken, Youth Worker at Filsen North

Steinken and his colleagues do everything in their power to prevent unpleasant incidents: “We are often in the neighbourhood, and we work with role models: boys who do well, find work and are often present in Filsen Nord. We also try to contact the parents of young people who do this.”

The youth worker believes that the start of the school year next week can make a big difference: “Of course there are always accidents. They happen everywhere. We think boredom at the end of vacation is also a point.”

See here screenshots of various publications and comments on violence and threats.

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