The Public Prosecution Service (OM) opens a criminal investigation into possible discrimination due to sexual orientation in schools of the Gomarus School Community.

There, students would have been forced to come out.

The Education Inspectorate previously received alarming signals about the educational institution with branches in Gorinchem and Zaltbommel.

As a result, the inspectorate filed a report with the Public Prosecution Service.

In March, former students told


that they were forced to come out at school.

Outgoing minister Arie Slob (Primary and Secondary Education) previously called the stories of the young people "extremely painful".

He also said he was "extremely brave" that they dared to tell.

"That couldn't have been easy."

The minister emphasized that every student should be able to feel safe at school.

"That means, among other things, that no school in the Netherlands is allowed to condemn or reject students on the basis of their sexual identity," said Slob.

"Not in a statement of identity, not in their admissions policy and not in their school culture."