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Swedish teacher keeps job after racist remarks

TT/The Local/vt · 10 Dec 2010, 14:16

Published: 10 Dec 2010 14:16 GMT+01:00

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Among other statements, the teacher questioned the rights of immigrants to have children, according to a recording made by a student.

"The statement is shocking. I am glad that the principal and human resources manager acted forcefully," said Landskrona children and youth committee chairwoman Lisa Flinth of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) to the TT news agency.

Educational broadcaster UR's Skolfront programme reported that the teacher's comment was not an isolated incident. According to a number of students, parents and former employees, several of the school's staff members had made xenophobic remarks to their students.

The municipality has condemned the utterances, but has not commented on how the teacher managed to escape any disciplinary action by transferring to another school.

Flinth views the incident as strictly a staffing-related matter that she would not get involved in.

At a Friday press conference called by Landskrona municipality following the UR report, Thomas Johansson, director of administration for the children and education committee in Landskrona, said that he only arrived in Landskrona in September of last year.

In addition, he claimed that none of the principals who now work at the school in question in Landskrona had anything to do with the incident.

As a result, he declined to comment on the particular case exposed by Skolfront, but said that if any teacher would express such an opinion now, he could not see how it would be possible for the teacher to continue teaching in Landskrona.

When asked if he would notify the police if he learned of these types of opinions being expressed, Johansson said, "We always notify [the police] if staff or students commit crimes. Here in Landskrona, we have absolutely zero tolerance for any insults against the students."

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Regarding the news that the teacher in this case is still working in the municipality, Johansson said that it is impossible to take action against the teacher now for what may have happened two years ago.

The transfer was the result of a central bargaining agreement, he added.

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16:49 December 10, 2010 by boby
Speculation by the islamofachist media someone? Until we see a transcript of what was actually said, nobody is guilty of anything. The extreme left controlled media will spred any lies that suits their goals (to perfoem ethnic cleansing in Sweden, of the original inhabitants).
16:52 December 10, 2010 by asian123
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
16:55 December 10, 2010 by Nemesis
Try being a teacher in Landskrona before stating zero tolerance.

Quite a number have quit due to the constant streme of abuse from students in the class.

There is more than one side to what is happening in the schools in Landskrona.
17:36 December 10, 2010 by Streja
The speech he gave was recorded by a student. He talked about genes like any normal Nazi would.

Nemesis no amount of abuse from students should result in the teacher hurling racist abuse at the students. This was not even a situation where the students abused the teacher. It was a calm lesson where the teacher gave a lecture on immigrant genes and abused the students.

asian123 and boby, you advocate Nazis then?
17:50 December 10, 2010 by Swedish123
This is the problem: When someone complain about the migration system or about immigrants the consequences go to that person. Sweden is getting worse everyday.
17:56 December 10, 2010 by zoroastrina
"Speculation by the islamofachist media someone? (...) The extreme left controlled media will spred any lies that suits their goals (to perfoem ethnic cleansing in Sweden, of the original inhabitants)." The first sentence is syntactically hideous. "spred" could be regarded as a phonetic spelling; "suits" is a singular verb, Dodo."perfoem" may well be a typing error. "*islamofachist" should be "islamofascist". The writer is illiterate in English and seems poorly educated in general besides apparently suffering from a paranoid personality disorder. His opinions are disgusting, utterly repulsive and ideationally evil."Sieg Heil, boby!" Give my regards to your personal devil. I realize that you may not be able to elevate the low level of your hate discourse in accordance with the maxims of "de sublimitate" by [Pseudo]-Longinos because of your apparent lack of intelligence and your substandard education. You have my profound sympathies.
18:07 December 10, 2010 by GLO
Sounds like a reaaonable question! You can't get in many country's unless you are self supporting. Then have all the brats you want.
18:14 December 10, 2010 by Ravioli
Gotta love how the extreme left (Streja) is so quick to play the "Nazi" card yet they are nowhere to be found when Malmö mayor is advocating the forcible removal of Jews from the city by Muslims.

Nemesis is exactly right. Try being a teacher first, then play the "xenophobe/Nazi" card. I was a substitute in Gbg for my first year here and it is astonishing the disrespect students of a "certain background" have for teachers, especially women.
18:42 December 10, 2010 by Rebel
"He talked about genes like any normal Nazi would."

So would I be out of order to ask for a call for references?

Please, share what he said. I will neither defend, nor condemn, his statements until I see what he actually said.
18:58 December 10, 2010 by Njal
Situations like this one will increase in the future because of failed immigration policies, this is simply one of it's many symptoms.

You should not take your predjudices out on children, but we all know by now, how ungrateful certain groups of immigrants are. If your children are educated on the 'Swede's dime', then you had better teach them to be respectful towards their teachers.

Such people will only ever see Sweden (or whatever Western nation they come to), as a 'meal ticket', there is no gratitude what-so-ever.

Don't know what this man said exactly (we've not been told), but this sort of problem will only happen again until the ROOT problem is addressed.
20:07 December 10, 2010 by Streja
Ravi, I am a teacher and a woman. I have worked in Gbg too. Insults from students don't only come from "immigrant" students you know.


20:44 December 10, 2010 by Ravioli
Streja- I'm impressed that there were no personal insults included in your post. That aside, from my personal experience, more often than not it is those particular students who are causing problems in the classroom and on the playground. I'm not talking about 'immigrant' students as a whole but those from a non-western background. Of course there are also many who are very well-behaved and well-educated and who really 'break the mold.' Those were actually my favorites.
20:50 December 10, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am also a teacher and I concur with Streja in the fact that no teacher should make racist statements. I would like to see a transcript of what the teacher said before I pass judgement on him/her.
20:59 December 10, 2010 by Streja
I added two links where the words are available but I will post them here:

"Är det så att ni får lov att sätta barn till världen? Ja, i dag är det ju så ja. Men om man på något sätt tänker så att man kollar era gener och den miljö ni lever i och vad era föräldrar har för gener...Nu är den enda frågan så här: Vill vi ha folk som inte tillför landet något?"

He has probably said more but this is what I have read and heard from the mobile phone recording broadcast on the SVT news.
21:20 December 10, 2010 by Frobobbles
Excuse me, but can someone explain what was racist?
21:54 December 10, 2010 by Streja
If you feel the need to ask that question then you are one.
22:31 December 10, 2010 by TwoToTango
I don't get how he can actually get to keep his job after having said that to his students. It would be one thing if he had said it to a coworker in a private environment but during class he should know well enough to keep his own opinions, whatever they may be, to himself unless asked for them.

Of course, I could understand why he would have gained such views in a place like Landskrona. I think a teacher would almost be both safer and more respected as a lesbian, christian cripple in Somalia than in Landskrona. It's one of those places that could probably get hit by a freak asteroid tomorrow and only politicians would cry.
22:37 December 10, 2010 by calebian22
The failure is with the immigrants not the immigration policies. Integration is a two way street. Sweden helps with education, money, healthcare, but the immigrant has to show respect to Sweden by taking some personal responsibility in becoming a good citizen not a leech.
22:40 December 10, 2010 by Streja
What he said was not a reaction to a situation or a hasty remark, but rather a monologue. Teaching is stressful and situations can occur where the teacher's buttons are pushed, but this is different.

Thank god that a student recorded it.
22:42 December 10, 2010 by Streja
calebian, what are you on about? This story is about a Swedish teacher who does not show or know what the word respect means. He is not a good citizen.
22:45 December 10, 2010 by waffen
Support yourself fully, and fully assimilate into Swedish society, including speaking and writing the language fluently, and have as many children that you can afford; and be sure that those children are taught respect towards everyone, espeically women and girls, and ttoward the culture and traditions of Sweden.

Nothing else is acceptable. .
23:03 December 10, 2010 by calebian22

You know exactly what I am talking about. Do you think this teacher made comments like this directly out of the blue? Poor little immigrant children that never showed any respect to the teacher. It is alot easier to be the victim if the bear was never poked.
00:54 December 11, 2010 by Swedesmith
What the teacher said is racist in my opinion. You should not attack a person because of their genetic makeup.

Behavior, attitude, morals etc. are another story.
01:27 December 11, 2010 by Toonie
Astonishing. Is it the case that Sweden has been so sheltered from mainstream European events that this is how Swedes react as soon as the country begins to experience what the rest of Europe has been coping with for over a century?

Either get used to the realities of migration or remove Sweden from the families of nations. That would mean the 90,000 Swedes in London alone losing their right to residence, work (and benefits) right away. That a teacher can utter such an early 20th century sentiment demonstrates how shallow and fragile the Swedish post-1945 'model' was. It's one thing to talk about controlling flows of migrants, quite another to suggest that people's genes inhibit them from being 'useful' to society. Never mind the aggressive tags of Nazism/Fascism/ whatever - there's a perfectly good word for this - bigotry. It basically means that if you're not pretty much like us (the majority group) then we can contemplate treating you as half-human - transhipment, placing in ghettos, compulsory eugenics programs. Does Sweden really want to go back to 1934-75 as described here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics#Sweden ?
01:28 December 11, 2010 by frosti
Notice how we never get to hear what the "racist" comments actually were? We just have to take the word of the authorities for it.

In Sweden today, where simply telling the truth about immigration and immigrants can be a prosecutable offense, it doesn't take much to be regarded as "racist". But hey, Sweden is a worldwide beacon of hope for human rights and democracy, isn't it?
04:01 December 11, 2010 by rymagnusson
Okay, so we have people saying "I'm not going to trust what the authorities say about whether or not it's racist until I see the transcript" along with the same people who claim "speaking the truth is being labeled as racism!" You can't have both in this case.

Claiming that you're "just speaking the truth about immigration" doesn't absolve bigotry. Commentary on immigration policy in terms of legislation is not racism, but making spurious, unfounded claims about immigrants is racism. It's not hard to recognize the difference, but I suspect a lot of the right-wingers who populate the comment sections of this site want to blur that line as much as possible so their horrendous statements won't be called for what they are.
06:15 December 11, 2010 by Rick Methven

The resident racist trolls such as Nachos/Tacos who now calls himself Ravioli have learnt to tone down their racist comments top ovoid having their posts deleted or being banned.

Ravioli is a troll from California, most probably the local head of the KKK, and has no connection with Sweden
10:45 December 11, 2010 by Ravioli
Thanks for another insightful contribution to the debate, Rick. Rymagnusson wasn't even talking about me but like a true stalker you somehow managed to work me into the conversation.

I respect the comments of other teachers who have posted in the thread as well as those who have direct connections with the immigration problem in Sweden. It is those directly involved in these issues that people should be listening to whether they agree with the comments or not. Those who sit tucked away safely in their lily-white enclaves should really just sit back, read what those actually involved have to say and ask questions....Rick.
12:17 December 11, 2010 by boby
For me, a Jew, and for many other Jews in sweden, the Swedish left are the true followers of the Nazis. These are the maniacs that want Jews out of Sweden, that support Iran in its quest to destroy Israel and seek the weaken the westeren world and values.

I bet that if we were in 1939, most of the Swedish extreme left will be faitful Nazis, the idiology and methods fits theirs perfectly.

And to the troll that commented about my education and so on, try as hard as you wish, there is a very big chance I am more educated then you, and I definitity from a berttr social-economic level then you. You Islamofachists are only good for one thing- stay home on sick leave and spread lies from your keyboard on anyone who is a true partiot.
12:57 December 11, 2010 by Rick Methven
Lilly white enclave - That's where you sit, 5,500 miles from the place you write your usual bullshit about
15:41 December 11, 2010 by Evren

Maybe educated in your dreams. I don't believe you until i see your transcript and diploma actually.
16:02 December 11, 2010 by Iraniboy


It is not a big surprise that far-right Nazis support Israel. They both want to have Europe free from Jews and all concentrated in Israel. In fact they are ally not enemy anymore. They were enemy when there were man y Jews in Europe but now Nazis love the idea of having Israel which can gather all Jews around the Europe.

Islamofacism?! My suggestion is Feminist party!! You're ORIGINAL! It's not even clear who these racist guy was referring to but you talk about Islam?!!!!
16:58 December 11, 2010 by Harald
No wonder that western teachers become rascists and no wonder the Israelis built a wall around Gaza. If you look at history and read old books what do they all tell you? That arabs/moslems are lying, thieving, murderous bastards and that they are very cruel to prisoners and real cowards when not in superior numbers. Nothing has changed. Who do you prefer to have as neighbours? Jews or arabs? Who throw stones at ambulance personnel? Who are known to gangrape girls in European cities? I think you all know the answers but the politically correct idiocrats are so up there own arses believing they are "good" people that they can't see that the entire western civilasation and lifestyle is under threat. Buddhist and hindus never cause any trouble. It is always moslems together with their do-gooder leftist allies. A typical do-gooder would rather see an old swedish granny beaten to death by a mob than a moslem being offended.
18:49 December 11, 2010 by cmbsweden
Swedsmith said it well. Innocent until proven guilty.

People are people, regardless of where they were born, what color their skin is, or whatever religion was shoved down their throtas as children. All deserve respect and dignity until showing they deserve neither by their actions and deeds.

No one choses who their parents are; no one chooses who they love or what attracts them. I like chocolate ice cream the best: that's not a choice, it just is what it is.
20:18 December 11, 2010 by boby
@ Iranboy

You Islamofachists from the left use the word 'Nazi' to shut up anyone whoe does not support your ideology.

But your camp are the true followers of the Nazis. You currently exercise a mass ethnic cleansing of Europe, and in the same time use Iran to try and 'wipe Israel of the map', i.e. just finish what the Nazis started.
06:44 December 12, 2010 by Icarusty
Notice how ignorance is deviation is widespread amongst the deniers. "Show us proof", "I can understand what they mean", "extreme left wing blah blah, PC gone mad" etc... the problem is not recognising there's a problem in the first place. All it takes is a simple attitude change. To treat minorities, newcomers, outsiders - whatever you want to call them - the same as anyone else. To foist such views of apartheid in children, and more importantly - to not realise/recognise such things are taking place and as a result take steps to avoid it in the future, shows this simple attitude change will not occur in Sweden any time soon.

Keep treating foreigners like dirt and they'll probably go home - if not we'll leave it to the psychos with guns to knock them off - that's the average Swede's motto.
08:51 December 12, 2010 by boby
@ Icarusty

Stop inventing problems that do not exist. Islamoleft fachists are using these tactics for ages now, everyone that does not agree to give away his calture and identidy is branded by you as bigots.

I have never had any issues with Swedish people treating me badly or different in any way. I always felt welcome. I think that Swedish people are very tolerant. But I always treat Swedish people with respect. I respect their tradition and calture and values, and do not try to impose mine on them.
13:25 December 12, 2010 by Seamus Guevara
call a spade a spade and you get treated as a terrorizer nowadays, boy. I don't care what you bleedin hearts say you is all hypocritizers to me anyway saying all them fancy words like "Islamoleft" and "do-gooder ". English, motherlickers...do you speak it??? ok i'm gonna grab a 40oz. and party hard. bye.
06:41 December 13, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Well, this would have been polite to do after class.

You know, i dag är set ju så, these days.
08:13 December 13, 2010 by Dom har glömt
I do not care who you are, I think 99 percent of people are atleast to some

extent a little racist. Even if you claim you are not I think you are to some

degree. I have mixed emotions about this. Not really that emotional about

it but anyway. From the teachers point of view I think he said this because of

something else that might have lead to this also. So he says this because

he believes in preserving swedish identity and its culture which I can

completly understand. I have all respect for that. From the kids point of

view, ok he says that the migration child should not have kids. Yes, that

would be a slap in the face, but again I think that there are three sides

to every story. There side, his/her side and then the truth behind the

whole picture.
13:20 December 13, 2010 by vita.vita
the problem isn't immigrants not adapting to swedish culture, it's swedes showing much disrespect and scorn to those who are of any immigrant background. even if an immigrant was well versed in swedish, knew the customs etc. would they still get employment? no. would swedes treat them as a decent human? no.

so why would they want to assimilate into a culture that is constantly tearing them down?
14:18 December 13, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@vita vita:- you sound like one of those that will not integrate.

The problem is not the Swedes it's the arrogance of the immigrants who believe that everyting should be awarded to them.

Funnily enough, I'm an immigrant who has learnt the language has employment & has several companies vying for my services, so you are talking bull*hit
21:12 December 13, 2010 by vita.vita
and let me guess..your white? i'm sure you haven't had much of a problem. no one has any pre conceived notions of you before you open your mouth.
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