Sex video stuns graduation ceremony

School not pressing charges against student in video but those who filmed and edited the clip may face punishment

Sichlau's time of 13.56 is a new world record (photo: Facebook)
May 25th, 2012 11:03 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Usually a graduation ceremony includes speeches, gowns and applause. But no one was clapping when a sex video with one of the graduating students appeared on the big screen at a high school in Hellerup.

Around 450 people were present at the morning ceremony at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in order to view a film about the graduating class.

As clips of smiling students filled the screen, the atmosphere quickly changed as the film suddenly cut to one of the graduating students having sex with an unidentified woman in what looked like hidden camera footage. The sex clip was apparently loaded onto the computer used for the big screen presentation, in which students were allowed to contribute their own photos and video clips.

Jørgen Rasmussen, the headteacher at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, said he knows the identity of the male student in the video but will not file police charges against him, adding that real perpetrators in the case are those who secretly recorded and uploaded the video. 

"We've agreed not to press charges," Rasmussen told Berlingske Nyhedsbureau. "However, we have encouraged the two young people who appear in the video to proceed with the case. It is really them, and not the school, that was violated."

The woman shown in the video does not attend Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium and may not even be aware of the footage, but she would have a solid case if she took legal action, according to media law expert Oluf Jørgensen.

“Because the footage was shown at the morning ceremony, we’re talking about the disclosure of material that is offensive and that is a clear violation of the criminal law,” Jørgensen told Politiken newspaper. “Revealing sexual activity is a very serious violation and if the woman in the video files a civil suit demanding financial retribution, she’ll most likely win.”

Headteacher Rasmussen told Berlingske that the school knows who edited the video clip into the ceremony and the guilty parties have been punished by the school, but he would not elaborate further.

According to Jeppe Hald, the national project leader for the family planning association Sex og Samfund, that a student chose to insert the sex clip into the graduation ceremony video is a reflection that the lines between private and public have been blurred due to the proliferation of reality television.

“When they see people have sex on TV, it influences the limits of what they want to show of their private and intimate life,” Hald told Politiken.

NOTE: This story was updated at 2:27pm to include new information

The elderly are finding themselves increasingly isolated in the rural areas (photo: iStock)
Vast majority of north Jutland towns shrinking
Two out of every three towns in north Jutland have decreased in population ...
Copenhagen firefighters were called into action by a major fire yesterday (photo: EBO)
Fatal apartment fire in Copenhagen
An apartment fire in Copenhagen has claimed one victim and left four firefi...
It must have been a surreal moment to see the headline “Berlin er faldet” staring back at you – kind of begs the question “What’s lurking under your floorboards?” (photos: Christian Wenanade)
“Liberation is on the way – May the 4th be with you”
On May 5, Denmark will once again commemorate the end of the German Occupat...
Spelling is important too, and cool glasses (unlucky fella) (photo: iStock)
Startup Capital: Do you have the chops to work at a startup?
They say that in business you should think big. Though, when it comes to...
Well east coast wines are hip, I really dig those vines they bear … but (photo: Sbragia Winery)
Vino at the Chateau: I wish they all could be California wines
Ed Sbragia has a long and fruitful history in the Californian winemaking in...
(photo: Txssy)
Early-May music: One Direction’s favourite rockers
5 Seconds of Summer Tue May 12, 20:00; Forum; 390kr 5 Seconds a Summer ...