Lundsberg hazing scandal
The Lundsberg school 'iron scandal': a timeline
Published: 08 Jan 2014 11:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Jan 2014 11:33 GMT+01:00
A timeline of the scandal at prestigious Swedish boarding school Lundsberg, where pupils used a hot iron to scald a newly enrolled student in a hazing ritual.
Here, we follow the timeline of the iron "branding" attack that took place at the start of the 2013 fall term, as well as its repercussions on the school and the students involved.
: Sweden's Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) demands Lundsberg be closed down temporarily
. Later that night, the school's principal of ten years, Staffan Hörnberg, is sacked
and the entire board resigns as news of the scandal continues to spread, making echoes around the world.
The school reopens
after a court reverses the decision of the School Inspectorate.
Nine students, all born in 1995, and one school employee are charged for their involvement in the iron hazing incident
. The students were charged with making illegal threats, with two additionally charged with causing actual bodily harm (vållande till kroppsskada). The employee, the school's house supervisor, was charged for complicity as he knew about the having plan and had allowed it.
The Administrative Court of Appeal rules that the School Inspectorate was wrong to close the school
, and lacked the authority to make such a move in the first place.
Sweden mulls sweeping reforms
at all three of the country's national boarding schools, potentially stripping them of state subsidies and banning them from charging tuition fees. Education Minister Jan Björklund says the hazing scandal did not influence the government move.
The charged students and employee stand trial
. Education Minister Jan Björklund says that students should feel safe at boarding schools both inside and outside the classrooms.
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