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Charges dropped against driver accused of showing porn film on school bus

Police have dropped charges against a Swedish bus driver who was removed from his role following allegations of showing a 'pornographic film' to children on a school bus.

Charges dropped against driver accused of showing porn film on school bus
File photo of a Swedish bus: Bertil Ericson / TT

The children, the youngest of whom was aged ten, were described by local news outlets as “frightened” and “feeling really bad” during their journey home from school in Västerbotten, northern Sweden.

But the offending movie was actually “an ordinary romantic comedy”, Joakim Oja from the local police told  regional newspaper Folkbladet.

“[The driver] has not done anything criminal, and we are dropping the charges,” Oja said.

What's more, Oja said that after speaking to several passengers, it emerged that it had been one of the schoolchildren who was responsible for putting on the offending film, and that the driver had turned it off at the request of an adult passenger.

The driver was removed from service with immediate effect after the allegations were reported in several Swedish media outlets after being widely circulated on social media. According to Folkbladet, the driver's union representatives will now begin discussions with his employer, Arctic Bus AB, regarding his dismissal.

The incident comes just weeks after another bus driver was charged with reckless driving after watching a porn film while driving 15 young people between Ostersund and Stockholm.

That incident took place in May last year, with several witnesses complaining the journey was “bumpy” while the man kept one hand on the steering wheel in order to hold a tablet to watch the film. He was ordered to pay fines of 18,800 kronor, SVT reported.

 

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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