The girls’ basketball team was confronted by a heavily made-up woman wearing only a thong, a short camisole and high heels, and smoking a cigarette.
“Get out of here – we’re busy,” she shrieked at the children, according to tabloid Expressen. The pupils went directly to the janitor, who evicted the models and photographers from the school, identified on Friday by rival tabloid Aftonbladet as Björkhagen school in the capital’s suburbs.
It emerged that the photo session had been organised by a male sports teacher at the school for men’s magazine FHM. He had asked the school authorities a few days earlier for permission to use the gym, a request granted by the headteacher.
The shoot took place during the school holidays, on 21st December.
“The idea was to create a kind-of cheerleader atmosphere,” FHM editor Tobias Wickström told Aftonbladet.
The school teaches children aged between 7 and 16. The ages of the pupils who discovered the photo session were not disclosed, although according to the paper’s source they found the episode “disgusting”.
The school is carrying out an investigation into what happened, and headteacher Ingela Fondin refused to comment, but Wickström said he didn’t understand what the fuss was all about, adding that the pictures looked “fantastic”.