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Swedish boarding school shut down due to bullying

By Associated Press


STOCKHOLM (AP) — Authorities in Sweden have temporarily shut down one of the country's most renowned boarding schools, after repeated incidents of bullying and violent initiation rituals.

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate on Wednesday ordered Lundsbergs school to close down until the management can assure the safety of boys and girls enrolled there.

The decision follows an incident over the weekend when older students allegedly burned two younger students with a hot iron as part of an initiation ritual at the start of the semester.

The schools watchdog has previously received numerous reports of bullying, degrading "fagging" traditions which forced younger pupils to act as servants for older students, and violent initiation rituals at the school.

Sweden has three national boarding schools. Lundsbergs is the oldest, founded in 1896.

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cojef wrote:
Rites of passage can be brutal if carried to extremes as is in most instances. Established members become arrogant and would like to make the initiation process difficult to maintain the institution's exclusivity.
on August 28,2013 | 05:42AM
Anonymous wrote:
Speaking of bullying, it is a problem within our own country. When my children were in public school, they used to tell me of the bullying that went on in their school. Many children fear of speaking out for fear of retaliation. I can't blame them as it also occurs in the adult world. Schools need to take bullying more seriously. When a entertainment conglomeration such as the WWE promotes an anti-bullying campaign while producing shows that obviously show lots of bullying to no end it shows that there is a lot of hypocrisy in our efforts. I believe that schools need to have classes that teach our children right from wrong. And it does not even have to be a religious class. Our schools need to teach our children right from wrong as many parents obviously do not teach it at home as they themselves may be abusers themselves.
on August 28,2013 | 08:10AM
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