School sued for not stopping bullying

A school in Malmö may be forced to pay 150,000 kronor in damages for failing to prevent a 14-year-old boy from being bullied. It is the highest ever compensation claim to be submitted by the Pupils' Representative at the Swedish National Agency for Education.

The Pupils’ Representative (Barn- och elevombudet – BEO) has accused Sundbro School of not doing enough to protect one of its students.

The 14-year-old boy was subjected to treatment that involved being tied to a tree and a post, an incident which was filmed by one of his tormentors and made available for viewing on the internet, Sveriges Radio reports.

Malmö Council can choose to either pay the compensation or try for an out of court settlement. If this fails, the case will go to the district court.