Teacher held for attack at Stockholm school

A substitute teacher at an exclusive Stockholm school was arrested on Monday night on suspicion he assaulted a colleague as well as a female student.

Teacher held for attack at Stockholm school

The male substitute teacher is suspected of having attacked a girl and a fellow teacher at Stockholm’s Franska skolan, an exclusive school where all students learn the French language, although the core Swedish curriculum is taught in Swedish.

“It was a substitute teacher who attacked a student. The details of what happened aren’t totally clear,” the chair of the school’s board, Johan Stenberg, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

According to Stenberg, the substitute teacher had been hired through a staffing agency to teach last Friday, but showed up again on Monday to “clear up” a matter with a female student in grade nine.

During the meeting, which also included the school’s vice principal, the teacher attacked the two before fleeing the scene.

He was arrested later on Monday night and taken in for questioning.

A parent with a child at the school told the paper the man used a wrench in the attack, but police have yet to confirm the information.

Injuries to the girl and the vice principal weren’t serious, and both were treated at the school, which has an enrollment of 850 students from preschool through high school.

The incident has caused concern among parents at the school in light of the recent massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the United States in which a lone gunman killed 20 children and 6 members of staff before taking his own life.

“It’s totally absurd when you think about what happened in the United States. It’s really strange that they took in a substitute that they didn’t check out,” a parent told Aftonbladet.

Parents have also considered the school safe because one of the prime minister’s children is enrolled there.

“It’s ridiculous that they don’t have higher security. It’s frightening,” said another parent.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).