Bullied Swedish schoolboy given bodyguard
Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 May 2009, 10:09
Published: 05 May 2009 10:09 GMT+02:00
The boy, who is 11-years-old, attends Gäverängeskolan in Ockelbo in northern Sweden. The school has long had problems with bullying but the situation has escalated in recent months, writes local newspaper Arbetarbladet.
The boy's parents, tired of what they consider the school's lack of action to address the problem, decided to take the matter into their own hands and employed a bodyguard to accompany their son to school.
"We are desperate, the boy is in a sensitive age. He is 11-years-old and he should be able to go to school without being scared," they told the newspaper.
"He (the bodyguard) is educated and has worked with problem children before. As long as he is there, then the boy won't be subjected to violence."
Sylvia Bergroth, the school's principal, rejects accusations that the school is not acting to deal with the problem.
The school plans to hold meetings with the social and student support services and has taken measures to stop the violence, Bergroth said.