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BOARDING SCHOOL SCANDAL
'I was forced to eat manure': ex-student

'I was forced to eat manure': ex-student

Published: 23 May 2012 17:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 May 2012 17:24 GMT+02:00

Speaking with Sveriges Television (SVT) investigative news programme Uppdrag Granskning, former students detailed years of violent abuse and bullying at the hands of fellow students.

One student, Jan-Åke, told of being kicked so hard that his anus split, leaving him incontinent for the rest of his life.

He also suffered hearing loss after having a rifle fired close to his ear.

"I've never cried as much as I did at Lundsberg," he told the SVT programme, which documents decades of student-on-student abuse at the elite boarding school, the alma mater of Prince Carl Philip and a host of other members of Swedish high-society.

Last November, the school, located in rural Värmland in western Sweden, was reported to police over allegations that a student had his nipples burned as part of an elaborate and controversial "peer education" system whereby older students are tasked with educating younger ones.

The practice has been part of the Lundsberg experience for decades and when several examples were brought to the attention of vice principal Stefan Kristoffersen, he approached the school's board of trustees, but no action was taken.

In one anonymous letter sent to Kristoffersen, a student told of being orderd to "eat manure". He also said other students forced him to perform oral sex as part of an initiation ritual.

"Peer education is a bit like 'Lord of the Flies'. When the lights go off, these tendencies get activated in student living quarters," he told SVT.

Kristoffersen presented several letters to the school's leadership detailing student abuse, but no action was taken, prompting him to resign in protest.

The school has also refused to pay compensation to a student who enrolled in 2009 and was subsequently bullied while at Lundsberg.

Despite an order by Sweden's Child and School Student Representative (Barn- och elevombudet – BEO) that the school pay the student 178,400 kronor ($24,700) in damages for the abuse he suffered, the school's leadership rebuffed the decision, claiming the boy "exaggerated" his claims.

Founded in 1896, Lundsberg was inspired by British boarding school tradition and currently has an enrollment of around 200 students, around 60 percent of which are boys.

The SVT investigation is set to broadcast at 8pm on Wednesday night.

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19:22 May 23, 2012 by blue2012
I thought Sweden was suppose to be an egalitarian society.

Sweden has a prestigious boarding school?
19:39 May 23, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
Sweden has several prestigious boarding schools, the nobility doesn't want their precious offspring to mingle with the common riff-raff.
21:25 May 23, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Shut the school down! Time to put an end to these hazing rituals!!
06:38 May 24, 2012 by Grokh
forced oral sex.... or as normal people know = RAPE.

school should be shutdown and several students arrested.

but that wont happen because no one downloaded ilegal music. in sweden u get a higher penalty for ilegal download than rape
08:53 May 24, 2012 by B Slick
Shut the school down at the end of this school year, make a full investigation to all the charges that have been brought against the school and if found guility then shut the school down for all time!

If these schools are so great why dont ALL other schools in Sweden just follow after in everyway, shape and form?
14:00 May 24, 2012 by Birger Johansson
If you have seen the film "Evil" based on Jan Guillou's novel, you will know the kind of priviliged/fascist atmosphere such boarding schools can nurture (Also, see info about the Nazi "NAPOLA" elite schools in Germany).

Of course Guillou's story -built on real events- was in the 1950s, but if you do not adress the problems the bullying tradition will be passed down from each class to the next.

Suggested solution = bulldoze the whole stinking place.
13:16 May 26, 2012 by tetrahedron
There have been tales like this about private boarding shools in England for years. Nothing like that should be allowed to go on anywhere, especially in schools. It should be fully investigated and there should be strict procedures in place to make sure it doesn't happen again. If the school can't or won't do this, it should be shut down permanently.
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