Some students had “occupied” (“seized?”) a section of their school.

What this means: for some time, they had stayed in some of the school’s premises and arranged activities there that are different and conflicting with regular school activities. Doing so, they disrupted these regular activities and effectively prevented them taking place.

Days after this occupation ended, the principal summoned a small group of them – all of them under age, if all old enough for legal prosecution.

She offered protection from supposed police investigations and upcoming charges, in exchange for a written self-accusation she would hold confidential.

Interestingly, the principal in a public school in my country is indeed an officer, responsible under civil law of her actions as manager of the school.

By that act, and by eliciting individual and group responses to her request, that principal successfully proved again: everything you do in a community, including actions against community rules and including reactions to what your community representatives do, is very much politics.

I am grateful to that principal for contributing to our children’s education, if very likely beyond her own intentions.