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Father prosecuted for scolding son's bully

Stuart Roberts · 11 Dec 2009, 15:01

Published: 11 Dec 2009 15:01 GMT+01:00

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“The bullying stopped the same day, so it was worth it,” the man, known as Michael, told the Skånskan newspaper.

Michael is a highly educated university lecturer, and reportedly has a quiet and friendly demeanour. Moreover, he had never, until now, had contact with the justice system or the police.

“It feels upsetting, and strange. But what should I have done otherwise?” he asks.

The matter began on April 3rd last year, when his son Christoffer was being subjected to intense bullying. But with a culture of silence that existed at he school his son attended, Michael and his wife had been unaware of their son’s plight.

“Christoffer was often sick and had a stomach ache. He didn’t want to go to school. But one day, the truth seeped out,” Michael said.

When Michael and his wife took up the matter with their son's school and the class teacher, they made it clear that Christoffer was vulnerable. The school had a special group that handled such matters, but in this case the group decided to take no action, as the parents of the accused bullies believed that their children were innocent, according to Michael.

“It was so frustrating. You must experience it yourself, how upsetting it is when your children are being bullied."

Michael reached the final straw when his son came home one day saying that one of the bullies had hit him, and another had threatened that Christoffer would “die over Easter”.

Michael decided that something had to be done, so he went over to the lead bully’s home to confront his parents. However, while the parents were not home, the 12-year-old bully was.

“He understood immediately what I was there for. I was so angry, and I scolded him,” Michael said.

The prosecution turns on how far inside the house Michael was. According to the bully and his sister, Michael was several metres inside the house, which would mean that a charge of trespassing might be sustained. However, according to Michael, he was just beside the door frame, or just inside.

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“And was I threatening? Yes I was, I said that if it happens again you will have a problem with me. That could perhaps be seen as a threat,” Michael said.

“But what should I have done? I couldn’t see my son feel so awful. And the fact is that after that day the bullying stopped,” he added. He is irked that the bully has received the support of the school, while he is pilloried.

The court proceedings to consider the trespassing charge will commence shortly.

Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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16:05 December 11, 2009 by Rick Methven
He is irked that the bully has received the support of the school, while he is pilloried.

Typical, head in the sand school teachers " Bullying does not happen here" so they blame the victim.

Been there done that with my son.

As he was the biggest kid around "he could not be bullied" he was either lying or imagining it!
16:31 December 11, 2009 by Staffs
"We will make the West so corrupt it will stink"

Nothing in politics happens by accident, particularly social policy.

Death of the West: Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School

16:36 December 11, 2009 by Bensonradar
Unbelievable! The father uses common sense to scare off the bully, and then this kid tells his parents! Any sensible parent would sort this problem out this way and go round and sort the bully out. It's natural justice. If you go to the school, they don't want to know. Good luck to Michael. Hope he gets let off this pathetic trespassing charge. The bully's parents must be mad, or very, very sad.
16:38 December 11, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
what kind of idiot parents would turn around and charge a guy with trespassing after they know their son was the one at fault?!?!? are they american? has sweden decided to act like america lawyers and protect the wrong doers of society while those that are injured get nothing????

c'mon parents (of the kid who bullies), wake up and get some perspective!!

oh, and teachers at that school, get your head our of your butt.
16:45 December 11, 2009 by Staffs
The Frankfurt School laid out a long term plan for the subversion of the West, because it could not be defeated militarily, only from within.

One of the central themes of this was bias in the courts AGAINST victims, just one tool out of many to subvert the culture and spirit of the West, mass immigration being another.

Come on, I can't do it all for you, research yourselves, you must know something is very very wrong with society and it hasn't happened by chance.
16:56 December 11, 2009 by Tennin
The bad ones seem to get away with their behaviour here.
17:13 December 11, 2009 by Audrian
The only thing bullies understand is force. I think Michael should train his child how to defend himself. In the meanwhile, he should take the school to court for criminal negligence.
17:21 December 11, 2009 by odinmp5
my brother is a 30year old drug addcit, depressed and unemployed... doctros say it is because he was bullied as a child and the school did nothing to prevent it.

michael.. way to go!!! i wish my father could have done something like that.

im not a friend of taking matter in your own hands, but bullies only understand in tehir own terms.
17:35 December 11, 2009 by calebian22

You are right. Train em to kick his ass. Forget the lawsuit though.
17:42 December 11, 2009 by jose_s
@ Liquidmonkey

"what kind of idiot parents would turn around and charge a guy with trespassing after they know their son was the one at fault?!?!? are they american?"

really? i should sue you for making this comment.....
17:53 December 11, 2009 by livinginsweden
Well done Michael! Tell the judge that you would do it again.

Many fathers would do it for you! When and where is the court hearing .. I want to go with you and show you our support in court and demonstrate against the stupid PP.
17:59 December 11, 2009 by Swedesmith
Are they American??? C'mon. I am an American and I have not once (in my 51 years of life) sued anyone. I am tired of the bad rap that paints all Americans as loud, greedy, fat and rude.

I have heard that Swedes are all blonde, on welfare and are unfreindly and cold. However, keeping an open mind, I visited Sweden and found that not to be true.
18:01 December 11, 2009 by lingonberrie
Bullies are cured from their problem when they receive a dose of the same medicine, and a covert administration of the dose works just as well as those from other means.

Unfortunately, the latter is necessary today.

When I was growing up, any responsible adult on the street could verbally correct miscreants and would be expected to do so.

That was before the The New World Order.
18:22 December 11, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
@#10 -jose_s & #12 swedesmith

of course not ALL americans like to sue people (nor are they all fat, loud, greedy or rude). however, there has been a certain culture on the rise the last 10 years or so where many in america try to solve their problems by suing someone or something (companies) else rather than taking responsibility for their own actions.

people sue stores for having icy sidewalks simply cause they don't know how to walk.

thieves can sue a homeowner if they fall and hurt themselves while stealing.

obese people try and sue mcdonalds.

a hiker sued a national park because THEY got too close to the edge and fell off and think there should have been fences up.

these are only extreme examples but nonetheless outline this ridiculous culture and it is THAT culture which i sincerely hope NEVER makes its way to europe.

and quite frankly, this article reminds of that suing / not taking responsibility culture.

don't sue the guy for trespassing.

instead, be thankful he didn't spank your child (which i think he should have done, not too much, but just a little) and more importantly, think as to WHY that father was at your house in the first place.

yup, thats right, its cause your family did something WRONG.

ps, jose_s, are YOU american by any chance ;)
18:23 December 11, 2009 by krow
I live in sweden and the day we hear our boy is bullied. I will match to the school myself and to whoever was involve and talk real sense to their head. Maybe they will charge us all in court for trespassing.
18:48 December 11, 2009 by richardbw
I was bullied at school (like loads of people), but my dad was great and he went and spoke to the parents of my bully. The bully's dad was apologetic, but he admitted even he had difficulty controlling his son. Eventually one night after I got attack by the bully in the street, my dad drove around town found the bully, and (and this is no exaggeration) grabbed the (sixteen year old) lifted him clear off the ground* up against the wall and told him to leave me alone (his exact phrase was 'leave my son alone or I'll f***ing kill you'.) It worked.

I'm not saying violence should be solved with violence, take the diplomatic way out when ever you can, but hell sometimes an agressive nature needs to be challenged agressively.

(*My father is now 62 but he can still bench press 90kg, me, I became a astrophysicist!)
18:53 December 11, 2009 by Thompsuleme
The father reacted in the only possible way he could,back against the wall. only problemis if he did get into the house. well being parents of a bully and supporting it, i guess they also asked their kids to lie that he stepped in so they could sue him

like parents like kid, fukken arsshhllleess

the apple never falls far from the tree
19:42 December 11, 2009 by tigger007
what about self defence for your kids!

i was bullied to and i was told to stand up for myself and fight back win,lose,or draw.how long can you fight your kids battles for them? i have a son also and i tell him to stand up for himself. if need be i will teach him self defence when the time comes. i know parents want the best for their kids,but sometimes as a parent you have to make hard choices when it comes to these things.i'm not saying violence is the only answer,but some people can't be dealt with diplomatically. most bullies you need to whip their ass to get them to understand. if you have a kid or kids that are going thru this get them enrolled in a karate class or self defence class. it will do wonders for them and for them to defeat a bully. it's a achievement your kids will never forget! there's an old saying'' to defeat an enemy thru nonviolence is the greatest achievement of all''
20:00 December 11, 2009 by swede1967
Pretty much everyone posting here feels that Michael was in the right. This is a lesson to all that even though we are right, sometimes it's better to take action while you are in a clearer state of mind. There's no question that he had to take action himself...
20:09 December 11, 2009 by Osokin
Luckily the father of the bully didn't come home as the other was threatening his son and trespassing in his house when his kid was alone. Strangely the bullied kid's father doesn't see anything wrong with what he did. Well, the fine he will notice. This is not the far west.
20:15 December 11, 2009 by Nemesis
The bully belongs in a mental institution to be CURED.

The father approached it wrongly, but his actions are understandable. If you question that, ask any parent. Any parent will have objections, but will understand his actions.

The parents were caught between a rock and hard place. The school threw them to the wolves. He should have went to the police instead of the parents, but that mistake is understandable as any parent will not think straight if they think there child is threatened.

Any parent who would be calm and completely level headed in this situation, i would be very suspicious of.

However the childs life was threatened. If that was my child that was threatened with murder, I would have lost the plot and I would probably be in jail for murder.

I understand him making a mistake and the authorities need to take that into account.

If the authorities do not take that into account, they should be removed from there posts.
20:45 December 11, 2009 by Flying Scotsman
He should have waited until the bully's father came home and smacked him in the face, get a taste of your own medicine.
20:49 December 11, 2009 by peropaco
They forgot to mention the bullied son is 20 years old.
21:09 December 11, 2009 by Spud Lite
Parents must be allowed to be parents. It might have been better if Michael had returned to confront the parents, but when one's child is under attack, maybe the direct approach is acceptable. The result in this case justifies the means.

I was bullied for years by a nasty kid in primary school. I finally grew a pair, and punched him in the nose. Not all kids can develop an appetite for this.
21:25 December 11, 2009 by diegoveggie
bullies deserve to get bullied every once in a while
21:59 December 11, 2009 by wxman
First, kick his ass. Then kick his worthless parents' asses. Socialist Europe forgot how to do this stuff long ago. That's why we came to America. America is just Europe with a pair.
22:03 December 11, 2009 by anasofie
How sad. Clearly, the father was doing what any concerned parent would do. I am rooting for this father- he did the right thing. Clearly, the bully does not like getting a taste of his own medicine. Maybe now, the parents will finally deal with their bullying son.
23:53 December 11, 2009 by glamshek
This case turn bad on the bully and their parents rather than the victim and his father who did the right thing. Let us hope sanity prevails. I am with the victims father whose attitude is very normal and dignified.
00:16 December 12, 2009 by Kaethar
Well, I'll be the first to say it. He should have waited until the parents came home and scolded THEM. He got what's coming to him now but he says it's worth it so I guess it's a win-win for everyone. :/
00:25 December 12, 2009 by krigeren
Bullying is quite a problem here as is discipline in the classroom. Children here suffer from a massive lack of discipline. The school has very little power to punish a child.

Well....within this environment....unfortunately the policy means bullies go unpunished. On the other side of the coin it means that those who defend themselves are not punished either.

Within this unfortunate set of circumstances...after my son was being bullied.... I have had to resort training my kids in self defense, anti-bullying techniques, and in order to justify the use of counter force the importance of standing up for those weaker than yourself.

My oldest son now has a tool box of mixed martial arts skills and after about 5 altercations over the course of a year now has the reputation as someone not to fjcuk with and that of an enforcer.

I wish I could have taken a different approach in many ways. However, I will say that my son's confidence and self respect is as high as I could wish for. There is naturally a good feeling that comes with beating up a bully and doing what is right at that age. Hell...any age.

One time he came home and said...another kid was pushing my friend around and teasing him because he has dark skin. My friend was scared I told the guy and his buddy to stop. He would not and started calling me names. Dad...I did exactly what you said, I grabbed his arm, put it in an arm bar, and applied the right amount of force until he apologized and was crying.

I guess the kid does not bully people anymore because my son never mentioned it again. Although I said, "could'nt you find more ways to talk him out of it" I still had a smile on the inside. A perfect example of playground justice.
02:30 December 12, 2009 by 2394040
"Let The Right One In" comes to The Local.
09:23 December 12, 2009 by Puffin
While I am sympathetic to the father's frustration here - I'm really not too sure that he went about it the right way.

The case involved a primary school aged 5th grade child (age 11 or 12) - and I don't believe that the father's action of pushing his way into the boy's home while the boy and his sister were alone was particulary adult behaviour on his side - his statement admits that his intention was to "frighten and scare" the boy. I would be furious if an adult stormed into my home with the intention of frightening my 11 year old when I wasn't home.

So although his approach might have had an effect - what is it he has actually taught his own son? That it is OK for adults to bully smaller children when they feel that they are 'in the right'. So it is OK for an adult to bully
10:29 December 12, 2009 by Tomandjerry
hehe...this reminded me of sth.

i was a kid a bulllying other children at school....once an angry parent came to my home and scolded at the door loudly, my grandma held a big machete and rushed at the door, shouting at the parent:"Yeh, i told him to beat your son, so what?you wanna come in and talk about it?"

kinda interesting experience...

in fact, that kid and i didnt actually have any problems...i remember we began playing together the next day at school..Guys, do you think it might be more proper for these kids to deal with this without involving parents or teachers?

just wonder why i am soo peaceful now..
10:30 December 12, 2009 by jose_s
@ Liquidmonkey

"these are only extreme examples but nonetheless outline this ridiculous culture and it is THAT culture which i sincerely hope NEVER makes its way to europe.

and quite frankly, this article reminds of that suing / not taking responsibility culture."

I am very proud to be american. In a country as large, vastly populated and diverse with cultures as it is, i find it difficult to see how such a large number of different people can be bunched together and and stereotyped. Brits can't attend a football match without causing a riot, Swedes are drunks, Americans are fat and lazy, Japanese smell like soy sauce, Muslims are terrorists... etc, etc.... So what's my point? The same as yours when you decided to bring in a stereotype to this article about a lawsuit and bullying. It's a stupid one.

America is a country not a culture. True, there is a ridiculous amount of lawsuits that are filed on a yearly basis, but what does that have to do with culture? Every legal system has loopholes that people try to take advantage of(in every country, maybe not in North Korea) and people on a daily basis try to get around that. Greed, selfishness, and lack of responsibility are traits that some may link to human nature... I have yet to read about a "culture" that has these traits as a whole. Maybe with all your insight you may be the first to publish that book on "cultures". I am looking forward to reading it. Maybe i can have a signed first edition..
12:18 December 12, 2009 by Dr. Dillner
@wxman -- I like your approach, it is what I would have done in the defense of my children.
14:19 December 12, 2009 by Roy E
@wxman -"That's why we came to America. America is just Europe with a pair. "

I hate to break he news to you, but this nonsense is the product of an inverted mentality that is live and well in America and the UK, also. You can pick up a newspaper on any given day and find similarly absurd, logic-defying rulings coming from the state.

To the degree that you have bureaucracies (and proportional to the size of those bureaucracies), common sense is absent. Instead you get cowardly bureaucrats absolving themselves from responsibility and any possible discomfort by hiding behind policy.

This is what you get with statism, and if you think America is somehow immune to it, you haven't been paying attention.
14:27 December 12, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
@34 jose_s

on the topic of stereotypes, they are there for a reason and are generally not too far off the mark but its important to realize that they definitely DO NOT apply to everyone but a smaller percentage. nonetheless, there is a certain amount of truth in a stereotype.

its seems i used the word 'culture' in the wrong way as it was not meant to apply to the true meaning of the word culture but rather to underline how suing people has been on the rise in america (and other places but especially america) as it is increasingly the answer to many problems.

either way, i hope this whole suing thing stays out of europe. i like all the support that the father is getting here, thats GREAT!!
14:39 December 12, 2009 by hjoian
why am i not surprised???Kids can be evil little shits when they want to be, and an adult freaking them out can stop a kid from become a problem teenager and an even worse adult. The problem here is the state has taken away the power of parents.....reap what you sow....
15:10 December 12, 2009 by skylarkpilot
Like the thinking Puffin...

11 and 12 year olds can be talked to nicely and they'll understand and change their ways.

Got news for you..we've been doing that in England for the past few years and the 11 and 12 year old are now carrying knives and kiling each other. I'm afraid the "social experiments"are very nearly reaching the end.

You've only got to speak to a pensioner on a council estate to find the thing they are most afraid of is the local kids.

It's time to re-empower adults and give kids some discipline at home and at school. In the end it is for the good of the child as well as society. I just hope Sweden doesn't let it go too much further.
15:49 December 12, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
@32 puffin

"I don't believe that the father's action of pushing his way into the boy's home while the boy and his sister were alone was particulary adult behaviour on his side - his statement admits that his intention was to "frighten and scare" the boy. I would be furious if an adult stormed into my home with the intention of frightening my 11 year old when I wasn't home."

i think most adults would be furious IF THE OTHER ADULT DID NOT HAVE A GOOD REASON. but, he did HAVE A GOOD REASON.

try to look at the WHOLE PICTURE rather than only one part of it, it will seriously help u out in life dude.

and AFTER the bullied son's father scared the crap out of my kid, i'd do the EXACT same thing so it NEVER happened again.

as much as most of sweden thinks that problems can be solved by 'talking' about them, there are some instances where a 'bit more' is needed.
16:47 December 12, 2009 by J Jack
DickweedMonkey stop your pointless ranting about America, a subject you can't even clarify geographically. You don't contribute any insight over the subject of bullies. Please answer this, just which Americans are you so afraid of? Is it South, Central, USA or Canada? Duh !
16:49 December 12, 2009 by davidmc
I also am American and have to say that I agree with Liguidmonkey in post 14. There has to be major changes in US politics and business ethics.
17:09 December 12, 2009 by Dr Phil
Typical for this country..........i can understand if the father was physical but to punish him for speaking his mind strongly and going into the home of the bully !! ....he should just be given a warning.......i think 999 fathers out of a 1000 would do the same.

You cannot defend yourself in this country either physically or by words but the offenders can do what they want and get away with it.

A englishman i heard of defended himself against 2 drunken swedes who were looking to give him physical harm......he was X-Army and dealt with them physically and put both of them in hospital....he got 6 months inside....what would have happened to the 2 if he was put in hospital ?

Same about this bully.......bullying could be so bad the victim could have been pschologically damaged and took his-her life .......what happens to the bully ?

18:03 December 12, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
@#41 davidmc

thank you.

@#41 J Jack

your name is pretty easy to make fun of but i won't stoop to your level.

ummm, i think everyone reading this knows exactly which americans i mean cause there is ONLY ONE country called AMERICA.

the others your referring to are known as South America, Central America and well, Canada is just Canada or did you think America included Canada too?

haha, anyway, my points were quite clear in earlier posts about the bullying and i didn't really want this to turn into an american bashing thread, i was just comparing so lets leave it at that.

i hope you wrote santa claus and asked for an atlas ;)

ps, as for pointless ranting, have a sit down and watch a great doco/movie called Food Inc and then call my ranting pointless.

sorry for that last one being waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off topic.
21:14 December 12, 2009 by suselang
Thirty years ago my youngest brother was being bullied in the schoolyard and asked my parents what to do. He said he knew had been told to talk things out, etc. but that was impossible for the situation. Our parents tried to advise the bully's parents, to no avail. So both parents told him, "Daniel, we know you tried the best way first. Next time, go ahead and do what you need to do." When that time came, Daniel let the bully have it with both a left and a right, so hard he broke a bone in each hand. But the bullying stopped, and anyone else who may have thought about it knew from then forward that Dan could not be messed with.
03:31 December 13, 2009 by norling
Actually you did try and partially succeed in turning this into an anti US thread. You sir should learn your geography be cause there is no country called America. There are Canadian Americans, Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans etc. etc. etc. When we call ourselves Americans we are saying that we are not Europeans, Africans, Asians or Australians. We don't live on those continents.
06:29 December 13, 2009 by drew222
hey at least in AMERICA you can sue for medical malpractice.
08:04 December 13, 2009 by johnnytango
A couple of years ago...before I moved here, a couple of kids were teasing my dogs and upsetting them in my backyard. One day I caught them at their shenanigans and really let them have it verbally...scared the crap out of them I am sure...sort of surprised myself for that matter. They never bothered my dogs again and I never raised my voice to them again.

If it were my son and not my dogs I know that my reaction would be equally passionate...but at the same time, in the case of my son, I would make sure that the bullies parents also got an earful. I would of waited for the parents to come home. A MAN has a duty to defend his family...all the time! He also has a duty to teach his son to defend himself.
08:31 December 13, 2009 by Uncle
Totally agree with johnnytango.

But what do you do if the parents are some alkis (like they say here) and do not give a jack about the fact that their overgrown son is bullying other kids, killing dogs and smoking at the age of 12?

In addition, it is only in the cartoons big and evil guys always lose. I had "kids" in school who were 150% of my body weight and real athletes. They could break one's nose and one would never see the fist coming. Some are going to some kickboxing. Usually they team-up also. Physical opposition would only increase the bullying.

I think that the best bet is to try and make your kids "popular". It is social, fun. smart, inventive etc. Usually these people are never bullied, since the victims of the bullies are those who stand aside of the pack and not in the center of it.
08:38 December 13, 2009 by johnnytango
Come to think of it...a MAN also has the duty to teach his son to act sensibly and rationally in difficult situations. Mikeal should of waited for the parents to come home then he probably would not be faced with the trespassing charge. Tough choice though and his reaction is somewhat understandable.
12:02 December 13, 2009 by Beynch
I agree with the father of the bullied son, and hope that the authorities go after the inept parents whose child did the bullying. They obviously do not know how to instill civilized values in the child, and should be removed from further parenting. I would like to know more about the bullier's parents.
16:24 December 13, 2009 by SteveFtW
"these are only extreme examples but nonetheless outline this ridiculous culture and it is THAT culture which i sincerely hope NEVER makes its way to europe."

Hate to break it to you, Liquidmonkey, but the whole way this incident was handled IS an indication that this "culture" has made its way to Europe.

BTW, bullies ar often products of their parents' breeding. As the old saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This bully's parent's reaction to the visit by the victim's father is probably a great clue as to why he (the bully) is the way he is.
20:32 December 13, 2009 by Jimmy
as far as the reports are concerned the father didnöt go into the house. the children said he did. that is nwhat he is being charged with, not having a go at the kid .

i thought " america's" included north and south america. ie the continent

USA = America instead of saying united states of america. i might be wrong but i don't live there and just did normal geography in school
12:18 December 14, 2009 by Rebel
And one wonders why some kids turn into school shooters after induring years of assult in school.
16:28 December 14, 2009 by mkvgtired

"are they american? has sweden decided to act like america lawyers and protect the wrong doers of society while those that are injured get nothing????"

No American lawyers needed. Sweden does that all on its own. Look at how many rapists are punished and what the punishment is. Or look at the punishment for murder. Or for burning down a school. Or for stoning firemen putting out the school fire the "victim" started.

"on the topic of stereotypes, they are there for a reason and are generally not too far off the mark".

So Swedes are lazy, on welfare, and lack a personality?

"either way, i hope this whole suing thing stays out of europe."

It will. It is a completely different legal system. If you studied the American system it was a conscious decision to make it the way it is. They did not want people to be afraid of suing companies or individuals if they were harmed by them. That is also why the American legal system is open to foreigners to sue for human rights abuses. Because many times they would be to afraid to use their country's system because of repercussions. That being said many of the frivolous lawsuits are overturned on appeal (not nearly as highly publicized). But more and more laws are being enacted limiting frivolous lawsuits, i.e. can not sue McDonald's for being fat, etc.
18:56 December 14, 2009 by Liquidmonkey
@46 norling

"You sir should learn your geography be cause there is no country called America. There are Canadian Americans, Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans etc. etc. etc. When we call ourselves Americans we are saying that we are not Europeans, Africans, Asians or Australians."

i can't believe u just wrote someone else needs to learn geography and then said CANADIAN AMERICANS in the same paragraph, hahahahaha!

listen mate, I AM CANADIAN, have lived in 5 countries around the world and NO ONE, and i mean...NO ONE, ever refers to canada as CANADA AMERICA. well, only some americans do that and its generally those who have never left america.

so lets get this straight.

there are NO CUBAN AMERICANS, they are called CUBANS.

there are NO CANADIAN AMERICANS, they are called CANADIANS.

and there are NO MEXICAN AMERICANS, they are called MEXICANS.

when people refer to AMERICANS, they are generally referring to people that live in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA but often shorten it to AMERICA or might even say USA.

if someone says 'THE AMERICA'S', then and only then can that be seen as referring to either NORTH, CENTRAL OR SOUTH america.

got it?!?!?

i still can't believe u wrote CUBAN AMERICANS and thought that was CUBA, hahahahaha!! reminds of my american friend who said to me one day 'just where is SOUTH EAST ASIA'. hahahahahahahahahahaha, and yes, THAT is a stereotype that HAS been PROVEN time and time again.

on a more positive note, i love obama! anyone else see his 60 minutes interview....awesome!!
16:39 December 18, 2009 by alu
THE SWEDISH SYSTEM SUCKS.... children have to much say in this country.... They are after all, children and we are the adults!

As a mother, I would have done the same, i 100% agree with what the father did.

As a mother, should I ever find out that my child has become the bully, I would not hesitate to name and shame her in the local paper....

I have brought my child up to know right from wrong, to speak when spoken too and at times to hold ones mouth shut! Have the strenght and self confidence that one needs, but above all, to have repsect for your fellow person .....

To be a parent is a full time job, no days off, no I'll deal with it tomorrow, it's 24hr 7days a weeks from the second the child is born, it is the parents responsibility to bring the child up. Not school , Not dagis, not anyone, only YOU THE PARENT ..

Swedish parents WAKE UP!

you set the rules for your children, they do not set rules for you. They are a true reflection of you!
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Hansen was being operated on in the Iraqi city of Erbil on Sunday. Photo: Nora Lorek/ TT

Paul Hansen, a photographer working for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has sustained light injuries after being hit by what appears to be a sniper while covering the battle for the Isis-held city of Mosul in Iraq.

Trollhättan remembers school attack victims
'It was an attack on all of Sweden,' Education Minister Gustav Fridolin said. Photo: Thomas Johansson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday turned out for a torchlight procession in the small town of Trollhättan in southwestern Sweden to honour the victims of last year’s deadly school attack there.

Sweden wants emission-free cars in EU by 2030
Photo: Jessica Gow/ TT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

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Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

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