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Teen boy faces sex crime suspicions for grabbing principal's butt

The Local/dl · 20 Jun 2011, 08:36

Published: 20 Jun 2011 08:36 GMT+02:00

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The 15-year-old boy took hold of the principal's rear end during a June 10th middle school graduation ceremony, the Metro newspaper reported.

The unwelcome squeeze took place in front of classmates, parents, and others who attended the ceremony, which took place in a Stockholm-area church.

Despite verbal and written apologies from the boy, the principal decided to report the matter to police in hopes of pursuing her case in court.

"My son regrets what he did. But we don't understand why she's not satisfied with his apology," the boy's mother told the newspaper, who classified her son's actions as "a prank" rather than a crime.

Nevertheless, the teen is now under suspicion of sexual molestation as police and prosecutors investigate the matter ahead of pressing formal charges.

According to the principal's complaint, she felt "humiliated" in front of many witnesses because of the 15-year-old's very public stunt, Metro reported.

In addition, the principal has filed a request to receive taxpayer-financed assistance to pay to have a high-profile attorney to represent her in the case.

According to Swedish law, a complainant in a sex crimes case has the right to receive state financed legal representation.

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The principal's request is currently be considered by the Stockholm District Court.

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09:05 June 20, 2011 by byke
Is the touching of the butt really a sexual mannerism ..... While it may have references to inuendo, I am wondering what defines an erogunous zone to warrant sexual harrasment?

Obviously the attempt to touch areas such as genatalia could warrant such, but if an inuendo can lead to a headmistress to make such choices .... It really begs the question how low are the standards that allows such a person to be in such authority?
09:13 June 20, 2011 by N0DE
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10:02 June 20, 2011 by rfmann
Our tax kronors at work...
10:25 June 20, 2011 by jonathanjames61
The principal has every right to prosecute the case,the height of indiscipline in our schools has finally proofed itself in public places,this boy is a product of bad parenting simply,I always advice parents that the job of a teacher is to teach not to preach moral to the kids,most parents forget their role as moral instructor to this kids.
10:38 June 20, 2011 by jackjones
I hope the principal is feeling even more humiliated for wanting her pound of flesh. This has nothing to do with sex.
10:42 June 20, 2011 by Arturio
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10:43 June 20, 2011 by johnny1939
I agree w/ Jonathan#4. All should not be forgiven because you are sorry for all what you did and you have to learn that bad behavior has consequences. Maybe this will be a good life lesson for the boy and his parents.
10:49 June 20, 2011 by CarlBlack
I don't see how this can be regarded a sex crime. The principal said she felt embarassed and that's all that this, a lampooning action.

It is no worse that if the boy would for example call her bad names. It calls for a disciplinary action within the school, and definitely not for wasting taxpayer money at a court and neither for a newspaper article.
11:08 June 20, 2011 by byke
While I agree that parents have a responsability to teach moral values etc .... But since Sweden has a system where the majority of a child's time is spent being looked after by the state via schools and educational institutions then schools and teachers need to acept greater responsability for their students.

Any system in which a child is pressured to be looked after by the state for a large majority of time after the age of one, needs to ensure that the system they have set up doesn't employ unqualified personnel.

By the head teachers situation and actions its clear the system is broken and those left to defend it are just monkeys trying to look after their own backsides.
11:09 June 20, 2011 by McChatter
It's simple. Just don't grab each other's butts. If we all did that..........
11:09 June 20, 2011 by Decedo
Come on Local, post a picture of the principal and let us decide if a 'sexual molestation' was intended.
11:16 June 20, 2011 by byke
I wonder if the boy gets investigated if he will be held against his will without charge for a number of months like the assange case? Eventuallyleading to a judgement behind closed doors with no evidence being presented to him or his legal team.
11:32 June 20, 2011 by Puffin


I thought Assange case had nothing to do with Sweden at the moment - the house arrest was the decision of a British court when he skipped Sweden before before he could be interviewed/charged

Why would the case be held behind closed doors?? I know Assanges lawyers tried to argue this but it is very rarely the case - for example the celebrity Beltran rape case was held in public with the public able to read a word for word transcript if they wanted within a few minutes that was e-mailed from the court by journalists from Expressen and Aftonbladet
11:40 June 20, 2011 by swedejane
This boy has huge balls.
12:12 June 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
I wonder if the tables were turned and the principal had grabbed the student's butt, how things wouild have turned out. Would the parents of said child be satisfied with a simple apology?
12:15 June 20, 2011 by Swati
may be headmistress had some voluptuous behavior for children. its their teen age
12:55 June 20, 2011 by darky
How was the principal dressed or how does she usually dresses before her students?? Seductive?? Sexy to cause attraction to the dudes who can end up groping her indirectly? We need to check this out if she did not cause this kind of action. Mother, no need of apologizing cos the act has already been done and it is too late. Bring your babies up correctly and don't put too much of them feelings first. This is a warning to all parents.
12:57 June 20, 2011 by muscle
when the kids can not be given punishment by the law and the parents are too idiots to teach the kids properly, this appears to be the right action for the kids own good.

And the ones who feel this is ok, should think twice. The headmistress isn't the kids friend. respect your teachers. Punishment is necessary to bring the kid on the right track. Teen-age is the age where a brilliant kid has two ways to choose from, either the way that may lead to a good path a successful life or the other that may make him a criminal or a total waste! With the right training, teaching, examples and some punishment depending upon his mistakes or acts, will bring him to the good side.

Unable to find relevant human resources, no wonder, Swedish companies have to go for foreigners for different kinds of technical or even managerial jobs.
13:02 June 20, 2011 by byke
I really hope the kids tells any police investigation that the lady who he grouped spoke English with a really thick accent.
13:04 June 20, 2011 by Central European
This is perfect example of way where our life goes to.....

What would happend or which kind of normal (school level)punishement he ´d be charged, iIf he has kicked her butt by leg only ?

Probably nothing very serious, some worse clasification or penalty like write 1000x I´d never ever do it again.

Becouse this is very likely to be a result of some adolescents bet isn´t it ?

And answer of a teacher, wise principal of the the middle school ?

Effusive scaremonger offensive !

Utilitarian reaction.

I do not beileve such person ´d be a good teacher !
13:05 June 20, 2011 by Keith #5083

Oh, wouldn't it be nice if adults practised what they preach?

Whilst I quite agree that dignity and discipline need to be maintained in school environments, it seems to me that neither cause is served by this astounding and 'unbalanced' over-reaction. The hm is embarrassed, perhaps she should feel complimented!*!

If there was any real complaint it would be that this happened within a church - oh, but hey, there's enough priestly examples about that double standard.

I,also,am at a loss to understand why a sincere public apology is not adequate.

Talk about 'much ado about nothing', this story brings it to a new educational level. Anyway, there's enough scientific evidence about the hormonal activity in youths and the effects on their brains, that this young guy can plead temporary insanity.

Unless, of course, he has a history of such behaviour that we have not yet been told about.
13:24 June 20, 2011 by Central European
one more "thought" about.

Do you know what would be a perfect answer 20-30-40 years ago ?

Nice slap !


Cheap, fair and educative solution

Better then lug the pubescent through courts to make him feel really gangster...
13:26 June 20, 2011 by occassional
She should have head-butted him :-)
13:27 June 20, 2011 by engagebrain
This looks like a deliberate attempt to humiliate a teacher by grabbing her rumpa in front a large audience.

If this is how he behaves in public, what does/will he do in private ?

Women are entitled to protection and saying sorry is hardly sufficient.
13:34 June 20, 2011 by edpe71
I can see the funny side of this from the kids view but it's not really on. The teacher's reaction seems disproportionate but we don't know enough in terms if he is a serial offender etc. When I was at school you wouldn't do this because, firstly, the teachers were not particularly attractive, secondly, you would get the cane or some other punishment from the headmaster and thirdly, your parents would go beserk! With the police involved now and assuming the facts are as reported I hope he gets a warning and learns a lesson. It would be sad to have a criminal record because of this that will effect his future education and career prospects.
13:47 June 20, 2011 by prince T
This act is rude and pure sexual harrasment. Irrespective who it happens to, not at least in Sweden. I am sure that sexual harrasment is the same in UK, US. i support the action of the Rector. Judging by the comments here, we seems not to see the seriousness and gravity of the crime commited by the boy. i fear for the future if this act is allowed to go unchecked. Der går inte.
13:51 June 20, 2011 by Central European

I d say that the kids behaviour in front of their classmates is more showy and severe then in private ....
14:02 June 20, 2011 by prince T
It is just like a boy pointing a fake gun at his rector. It is showy but a very foolish one that should never be allowed to happen. I just watched a show of a 4 year that discovered a hidden and unloaded gun in the house but shot it at the sister. It was a play. Assuming the gun was loaded, what we will be saying now. I saw it on Tyra Bank Show this morning
14:03 June 20, 2011 by Central European
Comment: Prince T Well i d say than in central europe, in France,Spain or in Italy is a majority of people still such simple , that we do not make a criminals from 6 year old boys who kissed girl in the class, we do not send the acts which means is protection of s.harrasement to boy and girls s to make them criminals. Can you even imagine that we still do not count properly how many human beeings of one gender and how many human beings of other gender are among students of school :)?
14:10 June 20, 2011 by edpe71
@ Prince T

What the boy did was not right but are you really going to condem him to a criminal record that will effect his future from such a young age when he has acknowledged what he did was wrong and said sorry? It is not like he raped or shot her. Simple justice is that the punishment should match the crime. In this case I think its disproportionate to get the police involved and her to have an expensive taxpayer funded lawyer.
14:11 June 20, 2011 by GLO
This is a crime, to waste any serious time on a prank. The World has more real problems to work on. Get real....
14:21 June 20, 2011 by Central European
Glo well , ,,,, I know this way of conversation to shift to more serious :)

So lets forget the local boy who is made be a criminal and start speak about the poor Africa or about global warming.
15:19 June 20, 2011 by technoviking
Are there stock photos for everything?
15:22 June 20, 2011 by soultraveler3
I don't blame the principal for wanting more than an apology. The parents saying they can't understand why an apology isn't enough makes me feel as if it isn't a big deal to them or their son.

Having your butt grabbed is degrading, abusive and a huge invasion of personal space.

I'm not sure about the law here, but in the states you can be charged with battery and sexual harassment for grabbing someone's butt. That's the way it should be.

When stuff like that is allowed to happen or allowed to be taken as a joke or prank it diminishes the victim and makes them feel unsafe.

Since this kid did it to the principal, in front of a bunch of people, he probably just thought he was being funny and not malicious. It was a stupid thing to do and he should get some form of punishment beyond just apologizing, maybe a suspension, community service or a fine. It might teach him to think more about what he does.
16:26 June 20, 2011 by Soft Boiled
I agree with the principle. The boy went way over the boundaries of acceptable behaviour and should under no circumstances be tolerated in society. The police won´t do anything because he is under age. The best you can do is to teach him a lesson about respect. Throw the book at him Dano!
18:13 June 20, 2011 by jmclewis
The boy grabbed her but as a joke or because he is a horny teen. He apologized in verbally and in writing. She has the legal right to file a report with the police, but is it the right thing to do she was embarrassed and humiliated he apologized he is a kid..... this case should be done, she should except the apology and move on. She know want to be represented by taxpayer special council, she is looking to get paid. Kids do stupid things allot of hormones, and bad judgement.
19:05 June 20, 2011 by Keith #5083
There's a lot here about teaching the boy a lesson, paying for his 'crime', he needs to learn respect, etc.etc.

He's 15 and I presume this is not the first school he has attended nor was it his first day at this school.

That begs the questions:

1.what role models has he seen in the school, vis a vis respect?

2. what has the school been teaching about 'sexual harassment', or simply bad manners?

3. what kind of discipline has been taught at this school when the boy would even attempt such a thing in the first place?

If this molehill is to become a mountain then we should look at all the peaks and troughs in the rocks. I truly think the rector has made a serious error of judgement about proceeding with police action to 'set an example' as this can also have a boomerang effect. It seems to me examples have already been set and, as is often the case, they manifest in the behaviour of children/young people.

Note: I do not defend this disrespectful behaviour on the part of the youth. Nor do I defend the rector's subsequent behaviour.One of them has some growing up to do, but I'm not sure which one!*!
21:20 June 20, 2011 by prince T
First of all this boy is fully aware of what he did. Secondly he planned this thing with a group of other boys, he happens to be the foolish one appointd to carry out the act. This guys know exactly what they are doing which was why they left it to the last day at school. He is a real criminal in the making and this action can stop him in his tracks. He is also aware he is a minor. I will conclude that Rector did the right thing knowing that he is not sorry and not alone in the act of sexual harrasment.
22:29 June 20, 2011 by tuerd1982
I am quite supporting principles action. 15 years old not five, in front of whole class as well as parents it is quite obvious that this guy have pretty bad moral issue.

I am quite surprised with some of the comments. Why do you think principle have no creditably for becoming a head of the school? It can be forgivable if small kid do such thing at regular class time, but not such moment. I believe, through this he wants to get some fame in front of his fellows. So, it is quite necessary to give maximum punishment to this dude to give lessons to all other kids.
22:45 June 20, 2011 by calebian22
He pinched her butt, big whoop. Suspend him for a few weeks with incompletes for all his work. Uustice served. Court? That is a bit much especially when it is taxpayer funded.

I find it amazing that a pinched booty gets more attention than bullying at school. One can report all you want to the police but jack bubkiss gets done. No doubt, no "immigrants" were involved in this case. Then she would be on trial instead.
01:05 June 21, 2011 by DAVID T
Bring back hanging !!!
01:22 June 21, 2011 by darkrealm
When I was school if I had done this I would have later been in the principals office receiving a whipping from the cane on my ass. How times have changed.
01:40 June 21, 2011 by Swedesmith
If I would have done that as a kid, my parent's would have been terribly disappointed in me. I don't even want to think what my dad would have done....
03:19 June 21, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
When I first saw this headline out of the corner of my eye I thought it said something like:

"Teen Boy Faces Butt Sex Crime"

Until I read it more closely.


06:15 June 21, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Political correctness at its worst.

In the old days the kid would have got a strapping in the principle's office. :-(.
06:38 June 21, 2011 by krow
Seriously the way things are going with the young ones without whipping in the ass for such behaviors is not helping the kids. We can argue that it is wrong but it made some of us better people in the society. You do not take things for granted and showing respect to others is a matter of necessity not only the principal. The parents should be ashamed of themselves for criticizing the principal as they say charity begins at home.
08:59 June 21, 2011 by Central European
Krow :

So making the boy a real criminal, use the goverment money for payin extra expensive lawyer and bring it to court under the pretext of beeing sexually harrased is helping the kids to understand what is nowadays society about ?

What is the moral for kids ?

If you have good money for good lawyer for free guaranteed by goverment, you can make good money on everything what couple of years ago could be soleved by prompt smack in " sexual harrasser pimply face".
11:03 June 21, 2011 by Keith #5083
#38 Prince t

Are you personally acquainted with people in this fiasco because I was wondering where you get all the 'extra information' that is not printed in the article we are commenting upon?

So what you are saying is this was a 'gang orientated' scenario with other perps involved? All this time I thought it was in Stockholm but you seem to have elevated it to a 'crips and bloods' event in Hollywood.


are you a perv? Please name some of the peeps that ass-whipping made better? Charlton Heston? Adolf Hitler? Ahmadinejad? Ratko Mladic? R u an example of 'better people' who think that beating on kids is 'human progress'?

Constructive suggestion:

1. the boy is moved to another school

2. the rector takes early retirement.

3. the taxpayer insists that the police press charges - against the rector - for wasting police time!!!

4. to satisfy 'krow', the local Police Inspector is made rector of the school.

5. jackboots become part of official school uniform (whips are an optional accessory).
12:37 June 21, 2011 by swedeez
The same rector,

16:20 June 21, 2011 by McChatter
Back in the "good old days" they'd have put this kid in the stocks. Name and Shame the old-fashioned way!
17:21 June 21, 2011 by swedeez
Perhaps everyone should read up on this Rector, There is a little more to this story . . . we should take into account the Europaskolan rectors integrity, You can Google her and read that she has been accused of harassment, bullying and stealing school funds as far back as 1998, see #49 story and others.

17:33 June 21, 2011 by sherkovic
ha ha love the pic !!!
17:39 June 21, 2011 by swedeez
Anette Parts real picture is on aftonbladet http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article1404771.ab
19:04 June 21, 2011 by luke123
That Parts woman is obviously incompetent and unfit for het job, an incapable in commanding respect. She has lost all sense of proportion by bringing on criminal charges and crying to the cops for something as harmless as that.

Actually, by the way she looks, she should be flattered that someone would want to pinch her in the butt.
19:21 June 21, 2011 by swedeez
She has one of the worst reputations as do her schools in all of Sweden. I just hope that she does not get tax payer money to inflict more suffering on children and parents.
20:58 June 21, 2011 by Essjay
Wow ,more comments here than the killing of a teacher !

His crime is pretty petty and he is probably feeling like a real villain , will her bottom ever recover !

I mean come on lets be fair , he did it , he apologized so who,s the grown up here ?

Hands up those who never did something to xxxx off their teacher !

Even verbally !

Totally blown out of proportion but he will probably do more time than a real sex offender !
21:04 June 21, 2011 by Kstock
I witnessed this even. What I also witnessed was that the Principle hugged each student. I also saw after the "squeeze" she smacked him on the back of the head. If she is going to waste the tax payers money, he should counter sew for hitting a child, guess who will win? Thanks for the interesting links to this Principle/owners past. He is graduating and I'm sure will take with him a valuable life lesson.
22:41 June 21, 2011 by swedeez
Oj, Here is a story where she made polis reports against a news reporter and a minister for reporting the truth about her, http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=103&artikel=1889712, Sverige Radio did a story in 2002 when she refused to do anything about children being harassed and mobbed in her school!
10:23 June 22, 2011 by Keith #5083

thz for your 'eye-witness' account which validates my points in #37.

Since she apparently 'hugged' each student, I now think it entirely appropriate that the police pursue a case against her for wasting police time.

There is apparently a school full of pupils who can testify to her encouragement of physical contact bordering upon sexual suggestivity - hugs are not formal handshakes!

His parents should bring a counter claim alleging "grooming".

Whatever, her over-reaction under these circumstances (#57)suggests an instability of personality that is not suited for her professional status - as a rector.
11:57 June 22, 2011 by swedeez
Anette Parts is a humiliation to Europaskolan and been admonished by skol inspectorite and unhappy parents and children for years why is she still in business_
13:03 June 22, 2011 by Keith #5083
If she was 'embarrassed and humiliated' by this prank, she must feel 1,000 times more so after this absurd outburst. Earlier the even had caused some slight amusement within a confined group. Now she has made herself a laughing stock throughout the country - with the exception of those who seek to project their own sexual frustrations or ultra-feminist views into this discussion.

If we want to talk sexual molestation then we need to know - did she hug him first and by so doing offer encouragement of physical familiarity?
10:44 June 23, 2011 by Ballercom
The principal is a joke grow up have a little fun!
17:17 June 23, 2011 by bcterry
An apology to his teacher in front of his classmates, would send the right message to his peers, and embarrass the hell out of him.

Win, win.
17:59 June 23, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
Is this sensitivity and political correctness nonsense gone too far? I thought it was out of control here in the USA. What kind of provocative attire was the female principal wearing? Now if the Principal was a male, that might be an issue. I guess I grew up in the wrong generation. The teachers or principals

I can remember you did not even want to look at them much less grope or fondle their anatomy. Times have changed.
19:32 June 25, 2011 by old git
agree completely with swedesmith #15.
20:02 June 25, 2011 by calmplexed

Now a teen boy is a sex criminal for the rest of his life... Over this? No.
09:26 June 26, 2011 by Keith #5083

perhaps reading #57 might answer #15's question and new understanding.

It appears that before the 'alleged offence' this principal hugged each student. It appears that during or immediately following the 'hug' the alleged offending youth 'squeezed' the principal's butt. It appears the principal then lightly (?) hit the boy.

End of story. Or it should have been. see #61
09:13 June 27, 2011 by Finnish guy
I it would have been male principal and the butt grabber had been girl, then the principal would be called pedophile and perhaps even accused in court. This is the reality of feminist "equality". As we all know, children are always innocent etc.
13:16 June 27, 2011 by mahanks
Spoilt brut, let him learn the heard way. No respect whatsoever.
08:05 June 28, 2011 by Keith #5083

isn't there an error in your syntax?

Shouldn't it read "spoilt brut, let her learn the hard way.No respect whatsoever"

She was, after all, the starter of the 'physical stuff' and even resorted to 'violent responses'.

Ah, but that's ok is it, after all, it's only a teenager and "we are so much more superior".

If you are interested in principles it has rarely been my experience in life (60+years so far) that principals are a good place to look.
15:10 July 1, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Because of political correctness, we no longer use common sense to deal with such situations, but rather call the police. Over the top, I'd say. This is not a matter for the police. A better course would have been to expel the boy from school. He does need to feel the seriousness of his behavior. I do wonder if the teacher in any way invited this behavior through maybe being flirtatious with her students, lax discipline, etc. That does not excuse the boy's behavior, but it does put it into context. And perhaps the teacher never behaved in that way.
23:03 July 6, 2011 by Freedom4all
I am glad I am not a young boy anymore.Living here in U.S when I see fine looking women I have tought of "squeeze" that booty.I think the principle liked it but since he did it infront of all the other kids she didn't like it.The kid should not grab that booty

but I think maybe the pinciple acts around the students like she's their friend instead of an adult.
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