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PM wants "slander debate" as Instagram riot probe wraps up

PM Reinfeldt at Bräckegymnasiet, where the first of two riots broke out in December. Photo: Swedish Radio

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has visited the school in Gothenburg that was the first scene teenage outrage in December last year after students posted sexist comments and derogatory photos of each other online.

The police investigation into the uproar, which spread to several schools in the area, is near completion. Two people are suspected of slander after shaming other teenagers on the photo-sharing app Instagram.

"Young people in Sweden must know that when crimes ar committed, they have to be investigated and reacted against," Reinfeldt told Swedish Radio.

A total of 85 people have submitted screen shots to the police as evidence of slander. A prosecutor will now go through the investigation and decide whether to charge any of the suspects.

"It is important that we debate this issue, that it does not become confined to the world of teenagers, distanced from adults and parents," the prime minister added. "We all lose out on a society that accepts insults as an every day occurence."

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