• Sweden's news in English
 

Sweden Dem teacher let go after student revolt

The Local · 17 Mar 2014, 15:28

Published: 17 Mar 2014 14:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Mar 2014 15:28 GMT+01:00

"Students quickly made us aware that they had misgivings about his suitability," Internationella Engelska Skolan, located on Södermalm in Stockholm, said in an official statement on its website on Monday.

"We had a thoughtful and eloquent communication from students detailing that they would not feel safe if this subsitute were to start teaching with us," school spokesman Jonathan Howell told The Local. 
 
"Of course we take student views very seriously and it is important that our students feel safe and secure at school."
 
The Nyheter24 newspaper spoke to the student who first alerted her classmates to the new teacher's political affiliation by tweeting about her outrage.

"We're an international school with big diversity in terms of ethnicity, culture, and religion where we all respect each other," student Julia Cagan told Nyheter 24. "Therefore I took for granted that something like this would never happen in our school".

The teacher in question, Anton Stigermark, said he was surprised by the decision to let him go. 

He was brought in through a temping agency, the school was quick to point out. His party affiliation is no secret.

On his own Twitter profile, Stigermark said he was studying international relations at Stockholm University, and said he liked right-wing ideas and the beauty ideals of the antiquity. Up top, however, he flags his role on the cultural affairs committee of the Sweden Democrat youth wing, SDU. At a recent meeting, he proposed that the EU flag be removed, according to a party colleague.

"Anton Stigermark proposes that the EU flag be removed from the room, which is voted through and executed to everyone's applause. Very good! ”  

The girl who initiated the student revolt said she believed that would-be teachers with "undemocratic views" should be barred entry to the profession. The school, meanwhile, issued a statement to say that it did not generally probe its potential new staff members about their political views.

"It is not standard practice to question the politics of staff during the recruitment process," the school wrote in its official statement.

School administrators nonetheless passed the students' concerns - expressed in writing and signed by Cagan and a handful of other students - on to the staffing agency and the teacher will no longer teach at the school.

SDU on Monday officially objected to the school's decision.

"I think it's deplorable and worrying from a democratic view point," SDU chairman Gustav Kasselstrand told The Local. "It's been very clear that Anton did not mix politics in his teaching." 

Story continues below…

Swedish teachers are prevented by law from expressing support or criticism for political parties.

"Had he done so it would have been a different matter entirely, but in this case the school has chosen to listen to a small clique of left-wing, undemocratic students."

Kasselstrand said it was not relevant that the school in question had a multicultural student body.

"No, not all all. If that were the case, then students in a school with many right-leaning pupils could move to get a Social Democrat teacher let go," he told The Local. 

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Video
Hello! This Swedish cover of Adele's hit will blow you away
This is the real Adele. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Hello! This Swedish cover of Adele's hit will blow you away
3 hours ago

What would Adele sound like if she were Swedish?

Ski region top in Sweden for chlamydia cases
Ski tourists at one of the resorts in Åre, Jämtland. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/SCANPIX

Ski region top in Sweden for chlamydia cases
4 hours ago

It is only February and already 2,728 Swedes have been treated for chlamydia.

Lisa Holm murder
Swedish girl's killer loses case in appeal court
Lisa Holm was killed in Blomberg. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT/Police

Swedish girl's killer loses case in appeal court
6 hours ago

Nerijus Bilevicius still faces life in prison for killing 17-year-old Lisa Holm.

'Naive' Swedes are renting homes to Airbnb hookers
File photo of a couple in a Swedish apartment. Photo: Sandra Qvist

'Naive' Swedes are renting homes to Airbnb hookers
7 hours ago

Is that respectable-looking couple subletting your apartment actually too good to be true?

Sacked Chelsea boss says he could 'not survive' in Sweden
José Mourinho in Arjeplog, Sweden. Photo: Gestifute

Sacked Chelsea boss says he could 'not survive' in Sweden
8 hours ago

What's José Mourinho's problem with Sweden?

Refugee crisis
Immigration concerns swell among Swedish voters
Refugees in southern Sweden in December. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Immigration concerns swell among Swedish voters
8 hours ago

40 percent of Swedes now believe 'integration and immigration' is the biggest issue facing the Nordic nation, a new poll suggests.

Swedish teen beats cocaine stir with 'French kiss' defence
The people pictured are not related to the story. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/Sandra Qvist/TT

Swedish teen beats cocaine stir with 'French kiss' defence
9 hours ago

You may snort at it, but a Swedish appeals court bought this defence hook, line and sinker.

Beyonce slots Stockholm into Formation world tour
Beyonce at the US Superbowl. Photo: Matt Slocum/TT/AP

Beyonce slots Stockholm into Formation world tour
13 hours ago

The Crazy in Love star is heading to Sweden in July.

My Swedish Career
'I was pretty lucky, I sort of just walked into it'
Scott Wallace is manager at a juice bar in Stockholm. Photo: Emma Lidman/The Local

'I was pretty lucky, I sort of just walked into it'
13 hours ago

Scott Wallace moved to Sweden in October 2014. Today he runs a busy juice bar in one of Stockholm's trendiest areas.

Man dies after falling four floors in Swedish nightclub
People queuing outside the Yaki-Da nightclub in Gothenburg last year. Photo: Yaki-Da Facebook

Man dies after falling four floors in Swedish nightclub
2 days ago

A man in his 30s has died after falling from the fourth floor inside the Yaki-Da nightclub in Gothenburg late on Friday night.

Sponsored Article
How to set up shop in the 'Silicon Valley of Sweden'
Culture
Ten fab Swedish hits for February
Sponsored Article
US taxes and FATCA: 'The time for hiding is over'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: February 6th-7th
Lifestyle
VIDEO: What's the fuss about Sweden's semla bun?
Blog updates

5 February

Editor’s blog, February 5th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, A friend of mine wrote from abroad this week to ask me if international media…" READ »

 

4 February

City Runs (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Since moving to Stockholm I’ve been blessed to live next to the Djurgarden, and to be…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Swiss hospitality: The ladder to your international career
Travel
Stockholm's eight REAL no-go zones
Sponsored Article
Ice magic at north Sweden island lodges
Gallery
People-watching: February 3rd
National
'How confronting the man who robbed me gave me closure'
Analysis & Opinion
DEBATE: Why are Swedes so obsessed with Nordic skiing?
Sponsored Article
Just landed? Here's the secret to finding work in Stockholm
Culture
See which Swedish museums are now opening up for free
Sponsored Article
Stockholm's secret ski resort: Kungsberget
Gallery
Property of the week: Insjön, Nacka
National
VIDEO: Tensions caught on camera inside Swedish asylum home
Sponsored Article
Luleå: 8 winter must-dos in Sweden's far north
Gallery
People-Watching: January 29th - 31st
International
How will Sweden deport up to 80,000 failed asylum seekers?
Sport
When you gotta go... Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold
Sport
Guess who just got a HUGE pay rise?
Travel
WATCH: Five top tips for safe ice skating on Sweden's gorgeous lakes
Gallery
People-watching: January 27th
National
'Sweden could be at war within years'
Gallery
Property of the week: Öjersbo, Kungsbacka
International
Why is the Pope coming to Sweden?
Travel
Ten must-see Stockholm museums
National
He created Sweden's huge snow penis
Culture
The historic moment when Abba reunited on stage in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
OPINION: Why I can't embrace Sweden's obsession with hugging
3,425
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se