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Teacher locked 10-year-old girls in storeroom

A teacher in eastern Sweden has been reported to police after locking two 10-year-old girls in a storeroom during a lesson on Friday.

The incident occurred late last week at a Sundsvall school where two young students were hiding in a storeroom during a gymnastics class. The teacher found the girls and demanded they leave the room, however the girls refused.

“The teacher told them off several times. But they wouldn’t leave,” an officer from the Sundsvall police told the Dagbladet newspaper.

The teacher then threatened to close the door on the girls if they would not come out and when they still refused, the teacher shut the door and went back to the lesson. It remains unknown if the room was automatically locked when the door was closed or whether the teacher locked the door intentionally.

The teacher then left for an “unknown amount of time” according to the paper, before returning and letting the girls loose.

A parent of one of the students has now reported the incident to the police.

The police have launched an investigation under the label of unlawful detention (olaga frihetsberövande).

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Swedish teacher fired for racist Facebook posts

A newly-hired teacher in southern Sweden had her contract terminated after the school discovered anti-Muslim posts that she had written on the internet.

Swedish teacher fired for racist Facebook posts
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The teacher was meant to start working this August at the Montessori school in Kalmar, but after the school principal took a good look online she decided to end the already-signed contract due to the teacher's openly racist views.
 
The principal, Ann-Sofie Stensdotter, told Sveriges Radio that the teacher's extremely negative opinions about Muslims and "illegal immigrants" go against the school's values.
 
She added that the school will begin looking at what job seekers write on the internet in advance to avoid hiring people who are actively fighting for values not in line with the school's code.
 
The teacher published several video clips on her Facebook page where people, allegedly Muslims, engage in such acts as animal abuse. She had also commented on several of her posts, writing that "these people are God's punishment" for Sweden becoming a secular nation.
 
Another picture of a thin, old white person and a well-fed dark person was captioned with claims that "illegal immigrants" take all the government's money, leaving nothing to Swedish pensioners. 
 
Hanna Oxell, front desk manager at Wise recruitment agency, told The Local that workers at her agency usually check online to see if the person interviewed matches the person online.
 
"We want to see if it strengthens the image of the person we are recruiting," she continued.
 
Stensdotter stressed that the biggest problem was not the teacher's views, however, but the strength and openness with which she shared them. The teacher's extreme views against those with Muslim backgrounds would be clear to students, Stensdotter said. 
 
In a report by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Bisnode about how Swedish employers look up potential candidates, 75 percent were revealed to have some kind of policy in place for background checks on job seekers.
 
About 45 percent search their candidates on Facebook, and nearly 40 percent use search engines like Google.
 
"It's not that common, but companies tend to say no to job-seekers in serious cases," Oxell told The Local. "For example when their opinions doesn't match the company's values."
 
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