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EDUCATION

Teacher quits after airing of racist remarks

A teacher in Landskrona in southern Sweden who made racist comments to students two years ago has resigned.

He will remain employed until the end of the spring school term, after which he will be released from his duties, director of Landskrona municipality’s children and education committee, Tomas Johansson, told the TT news agency.

“The notice period is a bit longer than usual, but this is still the cheapest solution,” he said.

Among other statements, the teacher questioned the rights of immigrants to have children, according to a recording made by a student and recently broadcast by educational broadcaster UR’s Skolfront programme.

The student made the recording two years ago and presented it to the school’s principal, resulting in the teacher being transferred to another school.

The programme also 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.

After the recording became public, questions were raised as to why the teacher had been allowed to keep working for the municipality.

Last week, Johansson said the teacher’s statements were unacceptable, but that it was doubtful whether employment regulations allowed for an incident to be reexamined two years after it took place.

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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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