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Security raised at Jewish schools in Sweden

Security has been tightened at Jewish schools in Sweden after the murder of three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in France is suspected to be the work of a serial killer.

“We have raised it (security) a little extra in places where we have children and young people,” Lena Posner-Koeroesi, who heads the Official Council of Swedish Jewish Communities, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

Posner-Koeroesi, whose council represents Jewish congregations across Sweden, said personnel at the Jewish schools and other institutions run by the congregations were “well-prepared” and had “routines for how to go out with information and for what kind of measures are needed” in such situations.

There has been no apparent panic among parents and children, he added.

The security hike came after a gunman opened fire at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, killing two boys aged three and six and their father, a 30-year-old religious studies teacher, who witnesses later said was trying to protect the children, along with the 10-year-old daughter of the director of the school.

The gunman, who also critically injured a 17-year-old boy, escaped on what

witnesses said was a powerful scooter.

Last week, three French paratroopers – all of North African descent – were killed in two similar incidents in the same region, also involving a scooter-rider wielding the same powerful .45 calibre handgun.

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HEALTH

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 

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