Swedish students robbed at knifepoint in classroom

Students in a secondary school in the central Swedish city of Västerås were forced to hand over their computers after two knife-wielding robbers entered their classrooom.

Swedish students robbed at knifepoint in classroom
The Rudbeckianska gymnasiet school in Västerås, Sweden, where the robbery took place. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Just after lunchtime, the pair, both wearing masks, entered a classroom at the Rudbeckianska gymnasiet in Västerås, the newspaper Aftonbladet reported.

But having threatened the students and made off with their haul, they abandoned at least some of them after teachers gave chase, the newspaper added.

Police did not confirm the details of the robbery, but said in a statement that they had been called out after “multiple perpetrators” forced people to hand over “electronics” from the school.

They asked any witnesses to come forward.

A pupil at the school told Aftonbladet that there had been a “pretty large police operation” at the school.

“It was maybe two people,” the pupil added. “The teachers chased after them, and then they threw them (the computers) into the bushes.”

School principal Henrik Pettersson told local radio P4 Västmanland, that while no one had been hurt, the robbers had managed to get the computers from the entire class.

“I have never seen anything like this,” he added.

The TT news agency reported that around 30 students had been in the classroom at the time.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 


More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.”