”When I got upstairs, older students jumped me. They threw me down on the ground and started delivering punches,” the former student wrote in his report, according to daily Expressen.
The boy who filed the complaint finished secondary school at Lundsberg, located in Värmland county in western Sweden, a few years ago.
But during the summer he decided to file a report about what goes on at the boarding school to the Swedish School Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen).
”The staff and the principal knew then, and still know, that these things occurs – but they do nothing to stop it,” the former pupil wrote.
His report describes being beaten after failing to bow when leaving a room; of younger students’ rooms being checked with a cotton swab for cleanliness; and of being forced to do push-ups while older students kept watch, holding baseball bats.
On one occasion, some of the older students acquired electric fly swatters following an excursion to Ikea which they subsequently used to burn the boy’s nipples with as punishment for some other alleged infraction.
”We have recently found out about this and I can’t comment on it at present, as an internal investigation is being carried out,” pricipal Staffan Hörnberg told Expressen regarding the fly swatter incident.
However, others close to the school confirmed to the paper that staff have been aware of untoward things happening within the different dormitories at the school and that staff and students have been told not to talk to anyone outside the school about it.
The mother of a former student told the paper that the students feel they shouldn’t betray the school, even to their parents.
”These boys will reveal nothing. That’s the culture at that place,” she said.
Founded in 1896, Lundsberg was inspired by British boarding school tradition and currently has an enrollment of around 200 students, around 60 percent of which are boys.
Hörnberg admitted to the inspectorate that a dormitory supervisor had failed in his responsibilities, allowing some of these violations to take place.
But he denied to Expressen having had any knowledge of the incidents before the report.
”We are treating this very seriously. We have made extremely thorough investigations and have taken forceful steps to combat the problem. I will not accept that these violations occur,” he said to Expressen.