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Dad leaves son in the cold for 'playing like crap'

Published: 08 Jan 2012 10:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Jan 2012 10:01 GMT+01:00

A 10-year-old boy was left outside in the cold wearing only a shorts and t-shirt in Uppsala in eastern Sweden on Saturday evening after his father felt the boy didn't deserve a ride home to Stockholm because he "played like crap" in a floorball tournament.

The lonely boy was standing outside the Fyrishov arena when the coach of senior floorball team Sirius came by to drop off some match equipment in the arena.

Coach Conny Eriksson told the boy to go inside since it was "seven - eight degrees below freezing outside" but discovered the boy was still there ten minutes later.

The boy then told Eriksson his father had left him there in just shorts and t-shirt.

"It's so cruel, these things can't happen. You don't leave your child in another city and then go home," coach Conny Eriksson told local daily Uppsala Nya Tidning, UNT.

However, the concerned coach was then able to phone the father and asked what was going on.

"But he didn't think that was any of my business and said that 'the boy played like crap and that he could walk home'."

"This is child abuse," Eriksson told UNT.

Since the father refused to make the roughly 70 kilometre return trip from his home in Stockholm to get his son, Eriksson was instead forced to get a hold of parents of one of the boy's teammates who came to pick him up.

The head of the tournament, Peter Wennberg, was livid when he was informed on Saturday evening of what had happened.

"The father's response alone is despicable," he told the paper.

"How can one do something like this? I feel sorry for the kid to have to come home to that parent."

Wennberg also questioned why the coaches of the boy's team didn't stay to make sure everyone had a ride home.

In the 19 years the tournament has been played, Wennberg said he had never seen anything like this.

"But unfortunately there are these kinds of parents," he said.

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10:29 January 8, 2012 by Stonebridge
This article reads like a student translation exercise from Swedish to English; strangely constructed sentences and odd expressions.
11:17 January 8, 2012 by Swedish Meatbulls
Agree with the above comment.

If I was the executive editor for The Local.. I would take Joel Linde to the darkest of woods, way up in the North of Sweden then drive a way from him to make his own way home.! :-) ...Would make a good story anyway!
11:25 January 8, 2012 by blursd
This article makes me pine for the days back when editors used to ... edit.
11:40 January 8, 2012 by skogsbo
It is just like all articles here.

They don't construct paragraphs of similar content.

Instead it is like bullet point sentences.

It fills web pages quicker..

A bit like when a teacher would ask for 1 side of writing, rather than a word count.

But, it very tiresome and unprofessional translating & editing.
11:56 January 8, 2012 by zooeden
I hope, also as a father, that this animal pays a huge fine and goes to jail for potentially harming or even involuntary killing his son...

I wish the best of luck to the kid!!!
12:19 January 8, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
How far was the walk home? 1km? 20km?
12:37 January 8, 2012 by StockholmSam
@Dr. Dillner

The story states that the floorball tournament was in Uppsala but the father's home was in Stockholm.
12:56 January 8, 2012 by SwedePea
@ Dr. Dillner: Pay attention. Game in Uppsala, home in Stockholm, that's 76 km. NOT a walkable distance for a 10 year old in January.
13:16 January 8, 2012 by Svensksmith
What's the penalty for fathering like crap?
13:17 January 8, 2012 by Mb 65
Why are you all commenting on the construction of this article, and not the boy? They should have phoned the police and let them deal with the S--T of a father. If the boy had been killed the father would have been on Tv saying what a wonderful boy his son was, and how much he loved him.
13:18 January 8, 2012 by sunnchilde
Police? This is criminal neglect. If this would have happened in America, these parents would now be standing in front of a judge asking when they will get to see their son again, if ever.
13:25 January 8, 2012 by Brianito
Next time, just remember Google translator is not a good language translator ... that's what the teachers in SFi used to tell us, it appears they were correct ;-)
13:31 January 8, 2012 by Keith #5083
I wonder if there's any lawyers out there that want to do a 'pro bono' on behaf of the son - and sue the crap out of the Father?

And as for all of you who deem it more important o comment about grammar and article prose, go stand out in the cold!!! Your comments demean the abusive experience of this child which is the point of the article. Thank goodness the Father wasn't from Malmo or we would be hearing all sorts of other stuff.

Police? Please, please prosecute this Father for wilfull neglect, child endangerment,!

whatever it takes to teach this immature adult a lesson.
15:07 January 8, 2012 by mansson248
It sounds like the boy has a tragic family situation, with a parent who are neglecting him. I hope, for the sake of the family, that if this parent would get a punishment, it would be to go in some sort of family therapy.
15:16 January 8, 2012 by Keith #5083

I agree. I wonder, if this is what can happen to the boy in public, what sort of treatment he gets in the home?

To be without remorse for his actions, even to 'justify them' to Eriksson when he telephoned,suggests a considerable deficit in caring. A punishable deficit!
15:56 January 8, 2012 by gabeltoon
This whole event needs to be properly investigated by the police. PARENTING is a responsibility not to be treated as a form of bullying. The father needs help because he clearly can't do the job of a parent. I hope the child will be cared for during this horrible time for him.I feel sorry for the whole family as it is clearly not working. It would be interesting to see the outcome of this event.
17:23 January 8, 2012 by Dimukas
Typical for Modern educated parents
17:44 January 8, 2012 by Mina08
can anyone name and shame this idiot of a farther
17:45 January 8, 2012 by Keith #5083

Ah, you are so right. The old,uneducated parents were so much better...kids left school (if they ever had any) at 15, married when they were 14, worked down the mines when they were 9,ah, the god old days!?!?##?

Oh, and what about areas of the world were they are not educated.They have such wonders of parenting as female circumcision, marrying daughters off at 13 to men 4 times their age, ... you are so right about modern times and education. It must have been much better 200 years ago.

There is a thing called progress but it needs active participation in order to function.A scenario obviously lacking with the so-called parent in this case.
17:58 January 8, 2012 by Swedish Meatbulls
Nice to see this artical as now been translated from Swinglish !
18:44 January 8, 2012 by k2kats
When you see an offense this abusive, it's generally just the tip of the iceberg.

I fervently hope that family and/or authorities step in to save this young man from what appears to be a horrible situation.
19:17 January 8, 2012 by janepl
This is child endangerment. The child should be placed in protective custody and put with hopefully loving relatives. Clearly he could have died and the father clearly did not care if this happened from his response. If he is returned to this brute of a parent, he will suffer more.

I also think it sadly shameful that a few persons' comments were merely on translation issues. What kind of people are you folks? I thought the Swedes protected their children. Is it the internet that inspires someone to complain about syntax and ignore a small child, barely dressed, left to freeze or 'walk home' in freezing conditions?? Such indifference by readers is nearly as shocking as the father who should no longer be a father. Shocking due to a total lack of compassion for a vulnerable child.

My thanks to the more caring and compassionate readers. And yes, please, a follow-up on what happens to a child whose father had brutish behavior.
20:24 January 8, 2012 by dizzymoe33
First of all the coach should be the last person to leave after making sure all the children are picked up by an adult. Second that father should be stripped down to a shirt and shorts and left in the deep woods for awhile and third I hope he looses custody of his child.
23:43 January 8, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Sadistic cruelty such as this to a ten year old should be fully investigated. The childs passive response arouses suspicion that this harsh punishment could be a regular way of life for this boy.
00:27 January 9, 2012 by suprkynu
i'm not satisfied with this article yet but if so the father is insane.
00:32 January 9, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
The father is clearly a sociopath. As others have said, if he engages in this sort of reckless endangerment in public, he must be an absolutely vicious

sack of s--t in private.

One of the scary aspects of this is that a senior coach from ANOTHER football team found him, only because he happened to be dropping off equipment. So it would appear that the boy could have frozen to death if he was still there after all his other team mates had left, and he may have been so distraught that he may have emotionally unable to walk up to the doors of strangers to ask them to let him in from the cold before it was too late.

I would like to see the prosecutors convict him for attempted murder, and fine him his entire net worth, whatever that is, and hand that sum to his family, so that the kid along with the rest of the family have a chance to heal from their emotional scars and start a new life.
07:02 January 9, 2012 by itsmark
Now before we rush to judge the father, we should keep in mind that none of us has had the opportunity to review video of the child's play.
09:25 January 9, 2012 by Baned
Isn't this child endangerment and neglect? I don't understand how a country can allow this yet detain a tourist for spanking his teenage boy on the ass for child abuse?!
11:35 January 9, 2012 by mikewhite
Author Jeanette Winterson in her latest semi-autobiographical book "Why be happy when you could be normal" refers to her adoptive bible-bashing mother leaving her outside on the doorstep overnight.

11:48 January 9, 2012 by Dr. Dillner

What connection does this advertisement you offer have to this boy left to walk home? Are you saying that the idiot father is some religious nut?
12:23 January 9, 2012 by BrittInSweden
Wow, all the comments about the formatting of articles. Get over it.

At the end of the article you know what is being reported. This isn't the BBC website.
12:28 January 9, 2012 by Keith #5083
# 27 itsmark

So happy to see that a child's welfare is so important to you and I sincerely hope the boy in question is not reading some of the B***s**t written in some comments here.

# 22 janepl

I totally agree with you

latest news:

"We've come to the conclusion that there's no reason to believe a crime has been committed," says Uppsala Police spokesperson Lisa Sannervik.

By this I guess they mean that because the boy didn't die...then the Father did nothing criminal! Oh dear, one of the rare black marks on my report card for Sweden that I have been keeping for 23 years.
12:38 January 9, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
Re: latest news #32 and post #28

Yes, it would appear now that there is a clear and simple alternative to spanking, which is against the law here is Sweden, namely to drive 'misbehaving' children 80km away from home and let them freeze to death in the forest like unwanted kittens or puppies.

Note that the definition of 'misbehaving' has been broadened to include football playing that is not up to the standards expected by at least one parent. Cruel and unusual punishment of a child is clearly waranted in this situation.
12:46 January 9, 2012 by Rick Methven

And the father promised that he would not leave to son to walk home again, as long as he played better next time.

This whole incident is symptomatic of the whole parent living life through their children. The incidences of fights and brawls and shouting that goes on in all junior sports. Not from the players but from the parents. Parents who failed at all sports when they where kids, trying to get success via their own kids. This guys actions, rather than make his kid play better next time, will have the reverse affect as the kid will be far to nervous to play well.
13:53 January 9, 2012 by prince T
This parent might have gone too far but I will not necessarily call his actions child abuse unless he has a pattern of doing so. I have done the same thing to my son when he was driving me cracy. However, i was hiding in a location where i could monitor his actions. i cannot leave my child to walk home alone but i had to teach a lesson that day. if you allow your children get away with testing your boundaries, they will continue to do so.
14:06 January 9, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
@ prince T

Driving 80km away on a night when it is -8 C outside, and your son is weaing only shorts and a short sleaved shirt, and with no knowledge if anyone else picked him up (no one had), is not teaching him a lesson, it is committing a crime.

And does poor football play constitute 'testing your boundaries'?
17:14 January 9, 2012 by Vill
There will be a time in the future when the boy is bigger and stronger than his ol' man.
18:37 January 9, 2012 by Pacey
Children deserve this if they dont put their best. Its a waste of everyone's time when they whine people into coming see them play and then it turns out to be crap. The father was right.
22:32 January 9, 2012 by Keith #5083

Is this the best you can do? You must have been left outside in the cold sometime.
13:55 January 18, 2012 by jostein
The conclusion of this story paints a rather bleak picture of Uppsala Nya Tidning. "Liars" "sloppy" "Hacks" "Mythomaniacs" springs to mind. Then again, i guess thats just business as usual in swedish media.
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