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Swedish teen charged for pocket change extortion

TT/Clara Guibourg · 3 Sep 2011, 14:28

Published: 03 Sep 2011 14:28 GMT+02:00

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The eighth grader demanded 20 kronor ($3) from a school mate two years his junior, at a school in Gothenburg, promising violence against the 13 year-old boy if he didn't hand over the cash.

The 15-year-old was given the 20 kronor-bill the following day, but flush with confidence from his first successful blackmail attempt, he overplayed his hand.

Later that same week, the eighth grader went up to the same boy and asked "When are you going to give me my money?" in a second extortion attempt, the local Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper reported.

This caused the 13 year-old victim to take matters to the school officials, who chose to report the incident to the police.

"He said, 'I'm going to hit you.' He's raised his hand, but never hit," the 13-year-old told GP.

The older boy has now been charged with extortion.

He has confessed the crime, stating that he 'deeply regrets' his actions, according to the newspaper.

However, he denied any physical assault.

"I've grabbed his cheeks maybe 10-20 times. Almost every time I've seen him. But just as a joke," said the 15 year-old to GP.

The budding blackmailer stated that he has changed his ways since speaking to the school's principal.

"Since that talk, I've hung out with good friends, and also performed much better in school," he told GP.

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Nevertheless, he will soon stand trial for the crimes with which he's been charged.

The 15-year-old has also paid back his ill-gotten 20 kronor-bill.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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17:38 September 3, 2011 by StockholmSam
So the schools are charged with providing a safe learning environment by having an effective anti-mobbing strategy and yet they cannot handle this little punk on their own? They have to call the police? If the police are to be called every time a kid gets bullied, real criminals will run wild in the streets. I am glad the kid is facing consequences and hope it serves as a lesson to other kids, but the school dropped the ball; they failed to uphold their duty as teachers and administrators. I hope they did not invest loads of tax money into an anti-bullying program because if so, it was money wasted.
18:22 September 3, 2011 by Abe L
I sure hope it sets a good precedence for others. Children shouldn't even be thinking about stealing, ripping off or extorting anyone, let alone younger victims. These should be treated as serious crimes and hopefully it will haunt the offender for the rest of his life, good luck getting a job with extortion charges on your resume!
01:24 September 4, 2011 by johnoleson
"Budding blackmailer"? He's just a thug, a bully. It's called strong arm robbery. It is right to come down hard on the lad but call it what it is. As for him sure being sorry, my guess is he's mainly sorry he was caught. I'd be looking for other victims.
12:33 September 4, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Perhaps he should be relieved of his testicles before he gets much older. I am sure as a fully mature adult he will be several times as bad.
13:37 September 4, 2011 by tuerd1982
This kind of punks should seriously punished and give lesson to other fellow punks in the country.
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