Up until some days ago, a video shot in the 2020 freshman camp of the Neumann János Secondary School was available on YouTube. One of the shots showed a bunch of boys standing with their legs apart, with a banana hanging on a string tied around their waist, and female students were lying on the ground below them, trying to catch the banana only using their mouth.
Freshman camps of secondary schools and universities have quite a long tradition in Hungary. Moreover, this is not the first occasion that something scandalous happens during one of them.
At least that is what the video showed, although it was rather hard to tell what could have been the point of the task exactly.
Telex.hu reached out to the school in question about the video, asking them who came up with the tasks, who supervised their execution, and what exactly the objective of the scene with the banana shown in the picture below was. They were curious about the circumstances of the shot and whether parents gave permission for these scenes and actions to be shown publicly about their children.
the headmaster of the school, confirmed that the video was indeed shot by students during their traditional freshmen camp
that started several decades ago. The planning and execution of the programmes are the responsibility of the students put in charge, with the help and supervision of teachers.
“The task with the banana was far from containing any sexual purpose, and none of the students, nor their parents, said it was humiliating for them.”
However, when a student and a headmaster from another similar school reached out to them, “it thus became a big deal”, which was investigated, and the video was removed.
The headmaster of the school involved added that they have always aimed to keep these programmes with the objective of forming a sense of community under control, and they have never had any bad experiences.
“I believe that considering the incriminated video as sexual and calling the “task” a sexual game is an exaggeration,”
writes the headmaster in his letter.
“We constantly pay attention to students’ use of the internet and of its dangers. According to my view, we do it effectively but not perfectly. Complete surveillance of private actions is impossible,” he added, probably referring to the fact that the video got uploaded to YouTube.