Barred student sues school for a million
Published: 29 May 2012 10:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 May 2012 10:54 GMT+02:00
A 20-year-old student at prestigious boarding school Sigtuna, the alma mater of King Carl XVI Gustaf, has sued his school for a million kronor ($139,500) after he has been barred from graduation due to suspicions of bullying, according to daily Aftonbladet.
In April, several students at the school were suspended for two weeks after it was revealed that they had allegedly taken an active part in a bullying scandal, which has recently rocked the school.
Three were remanded into custody for aggravated assault at the time.
After being let out of custody the three were allowed to take part in classes but not to board at the school or participate in the upcoming graduation festivities on Friday, according to the paper.
One has therefore decided to sue the school for a million kronor, as he argues that the experience would be once in a lifetime and therefore priceless to him. Also, the student argues, he has already paid for his taking part in the activities.
The principle of “innocent until proven guilty” should apply to Sweden, the student argued. He has contested all allegations against him, reports the paper.
But according to the school, they have followed regulations in order to appease the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) and the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket).
“We have followed the agreement,” said the school head, Kent Edberg, to Aftonbladet.
Over half of the school’s student body has signed a petition against the three students being barred from the graduation festivities, reports the paper.