Churches mourn members’ violent deaths

Church communities in western Sweden are in a state of shock today after two active church members died in a shooting incident on Sunday.

A female choir leader and a male church warden from Brunskog Church were both killed in what police suspect was a murder followed by a suicide. The pair were also active in nearby Mangskog Church.

“We are all terribly upset here. This is so inconceivable,” said church minister Lennart Nilsson.

“We had just enjoyed a wonderful Sunday. The cantor and I had been working together all day. And then it all ends in tragedy like this.

According to police, the woman was found dead close to the church. The warden’s body lay 100 metres away.

Police are working on the hypothesis that the church warden shot the cantor with a hunting rifle before turning the weapon on himself.

At 5.30pm on Sunday police were called to the scene after a number of people heard shots being fired. As yet there are no indications as to what may have caused the incident.

A post mortem is to be carried out on the bodies in Linköping on Tuesday.

The cantor had been living in the parish for six years.

“She was very well-liked and was an accomplished church musician and choir leader,” said Lennart Nilsson.

“The entire community is very distressed. It’s so unreal. It hasn’t really hit us yet that something like this could happen,” he added.

According to Nilsson, the church warden was also “sociable and pleasant” and popular in the community.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime