A Naples teacher was viciously beaten by two thugs with metal bars, for offending the 14-year-old son of a local Camorra boss.
The teacher told off a girl in his technical drawing class for not paying attention. Her cousin - and classmate - told him to leave her alone and when he too felt the teacher's ire, simply made a brief call on his mobile phone.
Punishment came an hour later. The teacher had head and internal injuries and there was a trail of blood on two school floors.
It brought education minister Luigi Berlinguer to the school and attracted Italian television. But a nervous-looking head told reporters he didn't know who the boy was, while in the best Mafia tradition, nobody can remember what the attackers looked like.