Sex video stuns graduation ceremony

School is considering whether or not to report the perpetrators to the police 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...

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.

The woman shown in the video does not attend Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium and may not even be aware of the footage, but the showing of the sex video may lead to police charges, 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.”

Jørgen Rasmussen, the headteacher at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, said he regretted the situation but has not yet decided whether or not there will be any consequences.

“First we have to find out exactly who is behind it so we haven’t decided on a police report yet,” Rasmussen told Politiken.

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.

The Copenhagen Post

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