School in southern Poland posted the pictures on its website. The priest, who is the head of the school, said the creamy ritual was a long-standing tradition of kids paying 'tribute.'
© Laski Diffusion / East News / PolarisOfficials in Poland are in an uproar over photos showing a group of young teens licking cream off a priest's knees.
Polish authorities have launched a probe about a possible perv priest after photos surfaced showing teenage boys and girls licking whipped cream off his knees during a bizarre "initiation ceremony." The priest's school, however, doesn't see what all the fuss is about.
The creepy snapshots were taken during an initiation ceremony for freshmen at St. Dominika Savio Silesian School in Lubin, southeast Poland.
The shots show a group of boys and girls on all fours - some of them in cat make-up - taking turns licking white foamy cream off Father Marcin Kozyra's knobby knees.
In one set, Kozyra is sitting in a battered armchair with a rod across his lap.
In another shot, he sits on a grass hill and appears to be whacking a female teen with a stick.
© Laski Diffusion / East News / PolarisThe priest, Father Marcin Kozyra, is the director of St. Dominika Savio Silesian School in Lubin, southeast Poland.
Polish police got whipped into a froth after the school posted the pics on its website.
"This is very disturbing," Marek Michalak, the Polish government's spokesman on child affairs, told Britain's The Telegraph
© Laski Diffusion / East News / PolarisThe school said the initiation ritual was a long-standing tradition at the school, and no one had ever complained about it before.
"Surely the boundaries of decency and acceptable forms of bodily contact have been exceeded. I've ordered an enquiry and demanded an explanation from all relevant authorities."
Kozyra, the school's director, blamed the media for the uproar and insisted kids licking cream off a priest's knees "as a tribute" was a long-standing tradition at the school, he told local media.
He said nobody raised a fuss about it before, and school officials were shocked by the reaction they got after they posted them on their web site.
© Laski Diffusion / East News / PolarisPolish authorities are investigating the incident, but aren't sure a crime was committed.
"It appears to be a storm in a teacup," Father Alfred Leja, a parish inspector that oversees the school, told The Telegraph
"It appears to me that people are trying to distort this situation and make it look like some form of sexual abuse."
So far, no charges have been filed, and local prosecutors aren't sure a crime was committed, Polish media reported.
Child advocates said the priest clearly crossed the line, even if the ceremony was all in good fun.
© Laski Diffusion / East News / Polaris A Polish child advocate said the children were 'manipulated,' and the priest crossed the line.
"The children were manipulated into this. Limits were exceeded." Monika Sajkowska, director of an abused chidlren's charity, told Polish Press Agency.