Schoolchildren robbed and batteredViolence is an increasing problem in Scandinavian schools, especially in urban areas such as Malmö, Copenhagen or Oslo:
Schoolchildren robbed and battered
Going to school is no child's game for many children in Copenhagen, where beatings, kicks, robberies, and threats are everyday occurences, a new study of juvenile crimes in the city revealed. Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported on Friday that one in six children in grades 4-9 had been victim of serious violence, and one in three had been robbed. The perpetrators were normally their own age. 'This is entirely unacceptable. We need to ensure that school staff get the education they need to be better at handling conflicts and pass on the knowledge to children. They should be included in the problems' solutions, and their parent's should be involved, too,' said Per Bregengaard of the Red-Green Alliance, city councillor in charge of education and juvenile affairs. Educating teachers and students in conflict solving is an expensive affair, and Bregengaard said DKK 10-15 million needed to be allotted in 2006 if the problem was to be solved.
Pia Allerslev, Liberal councillor in the city's educational committee, said she agreed that more funds were needed to solve the problem, but said much of it could be blamed on Bregengaard's policy. 'The study's results are just as shocking as we had feared. It goes to show that the left wing's spineless policy has failed completely,' she said. Allerslev added that more discipline and consequence was needed to fight violence and crime amongst schools' students.'Schools have so many sanction possibilities, which they rarely use. We should implement zero-tolerance towards behaviour of that sort in Copenhagen's schools, just as we know from Århus. It's about sending out the signal that we won't put up with just anything,' Allerslev said.
Jihad in Swedish Schools
Violence and threats pose such a big problem in high schools in Malmö, that the local school board wants to install surveillance cameras and security guards in the buildings. The plans, which are to be carried out next fall, include tougher control of students’ comings and goings, and equipping school staff with security buttons, so that they can alert security guards if they are attacked. The city’s education director Matz Nilsson said unruly and aggressive students had become a more common sight in the high schools of Malmö, the home of some of Scandinavia’s biggest and roughest slums. School officials said both violence and illegal drug abuse had increased among Malmö’s high school students in recent years. Student representatives said they were ambiguous about the tougher security measures. Linus Hulterström at the Jörgen Kocks High School said the schools needed more safety measures. ‘Many people come here just to sell drugs,’ he said. It happens out in the open.’ Malmö’s high school reported 125 students to the police last year, compared with 71 in 2003.
Oslo: Police raid local high school
Oslo police raided the Sogn High School on Friday, and it was no April Fool's joke. The raid was sparked by the discovery of a cache of drugs at the school just before Easter. Around 60 police officers took part in the raid, both in uniforms and civilian clothes. A contingent of around 30 police in uniform formed a ring around the campus in west Oslo, to search anyone trying to leave or enter. Police said school officials had asked for the raid, after being plagued with drugs and pushers on campus.