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11:48 CEST+02:00
Teachers in Stockholm could be asked to report pupils who praise suicide bombers, if new proposals are put into action.

But Säpo, Sweden's security police, say that they are cautious about any moves to turn teachers into informers.

The proposal for teachers and security police to start cooperating, which will be put before the city's education committee next week, was originally the idea of the Liberal Party.

The party came up with the idea after the London terror attacks in July, in which the bombers were young Muslim men, one as young as 18.

The Liberal Party's Lotta Edholm told Aftonbladet “Muslim extremism is now a threat against a number of pupils in Stockholm's schools.”

At Säpo, information manager Anders Thornberg told The Local that the organisation had only had brief and vague discussions with the Liberal Party and the education committee.

Säpo was against systematically recruiting teachers to report on their pupils' opinions, he said, but added that if teachers were worried that a pupil posed a risk they should raise the alarm.

He also said that security police already have a dialogue with a number of key groups in society, and that officers have visited organisations such as mosques to inform them about Säpo's work. He said that similar dialogue with teachers was possible.

“We'll find out more about what the committee has in mind when we meet them next week,” he said.

“But if teachers come across someone who poses a risk, we hope that they would do what any normal citizen should do, and let us know.”

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