‘I’m going to kill a child at a daycare’

A 23-year-old man who was planning a murder at a pre-school in Lund in southern Sweden has been arrested after revealing his intentions on an internet forum.

'I'm going to kill a child at a daycare'

“I believe, with all seriousness, that within the next two weeks I’m going to a kill a child at a daycare,” the man wrote in a posting published on February 29th on the Flashback internet forum.

“The desire in me is so strong that I’ve already bought to knives and take a walk past the daycare almost everyday in hope of learning their schedule.

“My thought is that would be a lot easier to carry out the killing outdoors, then I can just climb over a fence and there’s no door that needs to be forced opened.”

After the 23-year-old revealed his murder plans on Flashback, another user managed to get in contact with him and tip the police off as to his identity.

On Friday morning, police raided the man’s apartment.

“When we arrived at the flat we found two knives that he had just bought. According to the man they were for killing a child,” said Stephan Söderholm of the Lund police to local paper Sydsvenskan.

In addition to the newly purchased weapons, police also found a syringe filled with nicotine that the man reportedly planned to use to kill himself if he failed in his murder plan.

The man, who is previously known to the police, has voiced a wish to be admitted to a secure psychiatric ward but the local psychiatric treatment facility refused him entry and he has therefore been arrested by the police.

A demand for his immediate remand into custody will now be made on suspicion of preparing to commit murder.

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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