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Schoolgirl gets jail for fake school ID

An Austrian court has made an example of a schoolgirl aged 16 who faked her ID - slapping her with a one month jail sentence suspended for 3 years.

Passing sentence the court in Klagenfurt said that the forging of the ID was not something to be taken lightly and was a very serious offence which needed to be punished accordingly – and a message sent to others that might be considering doing the same.

The court also urged schools to make children aware of the serious nature of forging IDs often carried out to allow them to gain access to clubs or to buy drinks in bars which they might not otherwise be allowed to do.

The 16-year-old had inserted her own photograph into the school pass of a different student making her seem older than she really was.

Alfred Pasterk said students should be aware that they could be punished with up to 2 years in jail forging their identity cards. The schoolgirl's parents will also have to pay.

Sentencing the judge who is also a member of the Carinthian education added that he was aware IDs were widely in use in order to gain advantages but that such forgeries were not to be taken lightly.

In Austria school ID cards handed out by the schools themselves, and all of them have different formats making forgery much harder to detect.

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