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Official fired for talking on her mobile phone

A local education official from southern Sweden has been sacked after she disclosed sensitive information about colleagues during mobile phone conversations which were easily overheard by others.

On more than one occasion in recent weeks Bodil Karsvall, the head of the child and youth administration in Karlskrona municipality, was overheard gossiping about school employees on her mobile phone when riding on a train.

In one instance, Karsvall spoke openly to the principal about a teacher, mentioning the teacher by name and discussing details about the teacher’s personal life, well within earshot of fellow passengers, the local Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT) reports.

Someone who overheard the conversation, the tone of which was described as “mocking”, alerted municipal officials about Karsvall’s lack of discretion.

Shortly after the incident, the local teachers’ union announced it had “lost confidence” in Karsvall.

“She’s not going to work as the head of schools if the staff doesn’t have any confidence in her,” local union chair Hans Bengtsson told Sveriges Radio (SR) last week.

The union in turn urged municipal leaders to take action, and on Friday Karlskrona municipality announced that Karsvall’s time as a city leader was over.

“The political leadership of Karlskrona municipality no longer has confidence in Bodil Karsvall in her role as head of child and youth administration,” the municipality said in a statement.

“Bodil Karsvall will leave her job as an administrative head as soon as terms for her departure are negotiated.”

In a message to colleagues, Karsvall said the decision was “really sad and not what I wanted”, the local Sydöstran newspaper reported.

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HEALTH

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 

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