• Sweden's news in English

Police probe boarding school 'nipple burning'

TT/The Local/pvs · 24 Nov 2011, 07:52

Published: 24 Nov 2011 07:52 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The school, located in rural Värmland in western Sweden, has been reported by the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) and police have launched an investigation into alleged assault, unlawful threats and coercing a minor.

Following reports of abuse, wideaspread bullying of younger students as well as threats and violence at Lundsberg, the agency carried out an unannounced inspection at the school, which educates the well-heeled up to high school level.

"In the reports we have uncovered evidence of violence of a nature which the Schools Inspectorate does not investigate, so we notified the police," said Carina Abreu, Schools Inspectorate inspector.

"It's severe violence," Abreu confirmed.

She says it's unusual that the inspection reports incident to the police, but said what has taken place at the school is a matter for public prosecution.

The unannounced inspection took place on October 20th. The principal, dormitory representatives and students were among those interviewed.

The school is said to apply a practice of so-called "peer education" whereby older students are tasked with educating younger - but incidents of violence have also been noted.

"There is an informal system that the school calls 'peer education' that also has these features," Abreu said.

The Inspectorate's own report on security breaches and student life at Lundsberg should be ready early next week.

"Then we will explain more in detail," said Abreu.

The school's principle, Staffan Hörnberg, has criticized the methods used during the inspection.

Story continues below…

The Local reported last week that a pupil had filed a complaint that he had been subject to excessive bullying.

His report described 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.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

12:40 November 24, 2011 by ccnyberg
Thank goodness I went to Sigtuna instead Leva Kungen!
19:10 November 25, 2011 by tadchem
"The school is said to apply a practice of so-called "peer education" whereby older students are tasked with educating younger - but incidents of violence have also been noted."

In the US this is also described as "letting the inmates run the asylum."

There are few creatures in the world with the sheer capacity for shameless cruelty as a pubescent child. Unfortunately these children are often far more clever than their mentors, and can conceal their crimes well.
15:16 November 29, 2011 by fiamo
Reminds me of the book (or movie) "Evil" (Ondskan) by Jan Guillou. *shivers*

When a student's only way to feel "higher" in the pecking order is by humiliating another (or torturing etc), that to me is a clear sign of a scared and insecure older student who severely lacks self confidence. (Which, of course, is the base behind all bullying...)
Today's headlines
The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Swedish researchers plan new trucks for women drivers
File photo of trucks in Sweden. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Could vehicles adapted for women attract more female truckers to the profession?

These stats show Swedish driving isn't so gender equal
File photo of a Swedish woman driving a car. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A new survey shows that few Swedish women get behind the wheel when driving with their male partner.

Revealed: Game of Thrones could be coming to Sweden
Game of Thrones cast members at the Emmy Awards in September. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP

The producers of the hit show have asked for three rounds of location pictures of Swedish island Gotland.

Prime Minister to meet Swedish troops in Iraq
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his Kurdish counterpart Nechervan Barzani. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's Prime Minister Löfven is set to meet Swedish troops in Iraq on Tuesday.

Swedish politicians wage war on winter time
Soon it will look like this on your way home from work in Sweden. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Should Sweden stick with summer time all year round?

Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available