South Ossetian residents and local journalists have launched their own investigation into claims of genocide perpetrated by Georgian soldiers. They accuse Georgians of attempting to destroy Ossetian graves and memorials to locals killed in earlier conflicts. School number five is one of the most significant symbols of the long Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
During the South Ossetian war in the early 1990s, the local cemetery was occupied by Georgians, so the school's football field became a graveyard for Ossetian soldiers.
The latest conflict saw Georgian troops attempting to bomb the piece of Ossetian history, say locals.