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Elite Swedish school faces new hazing reports

Published: 24 Nov 2012 09:58 GMT+01:00

Sigtuna Humanistiska läroverk (SSHL) located north of Stockholm courted headlined in May after five students were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a fellow student.

Sweden's Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) slammed all three of Sweden's boarding schools – Sigtuna, Gränna and Lundsberg – over the schools' policies and attitudes toward hazing in a report in late 2011.

But despite the inspectorate's report and subsequent intense media focus on the elite schools incidents of bullying, harassment and hazing have continued to emerge.

The Schools Inspectorate in October filed a police report concerning an incident where a young female student was forced to perform oral sex on a snowman in front of her fellow pupils.

The police investigation was ultimately discontinued due to lack of evidence.

Further reports from parents have included incidents where a student was thrown in a freezing shower for five minutes and another beaten for not turning off the light at bed time.

School head Kent Edberg however denied that there is a system of peer to peer discipline at Sigtuna.

"One can give the impression that this has been institutionalized. That I can emphatically deny," he told the newspaper.

Edberg explained that the challenges to combat bullying that the school faces are common to all schools while recognizing that as a boarding school Sigtuna needs to have a greater awareness of the problem.

Sigtuna Humanistiska läroverk was formed in 1980 through a merger of Sigtunastiftelsens Humanistiska Läroverk and Sigtunaskolan and currently has an enrollment of about 580 students, two thirds of whom live at the school.

In addition to the King, the elite school was also attended by well-known Swedes such as Olof Palme, banking executive Annika Falkengren, as well as members of the Wallenberg family.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:19 November 24, 2012 by brash
Terrible that a girl was made to perform oral sex on a snowman. But may I suggest that the inspectorate is a visible example of the Swedish tendency to over-manage and micro-manage typical human behavior. Put a bunch of kids together in a confined space over a long period of time and this is what happens. It's what happens. Let's not get our overly-starched knickers in a twist!
16:50 November 24, 2012 by CosmoKramar
"forced to perform oral sex on a snowman"

Putting aside the silliness of the construction "to perform oral sex", which only journalists use (no one has ever asked their partner if they would mind "performing" oral sex of an evening), I don't think you can even describe it as oral sex if it's given to a snowman.

You see, from the two composite words that make up "snowman", snow is the relevant categorisation here. At the risk of shattering any illusions in the child-like minds that produce The Local, a snowman is not, in any but the most one-dimensional aesthetic sense a man. It is an inanimate lump of snow formed into a vague shape. You can no more "perform" oral sex on snow than you can on a turnip or a George Foreman grill because when you put such things in your mouth, no matter how sensually you might do it, it's NOT SEX.

The sub-heading here should read: "girl forced to suck ice." A somewhat bracing and potentially upsetting experience, no doubt, but not oral sex.
00:00 November 25, 2012 by old git
police couldn't find any evidence...of course it had melted...
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