Education Minister Jan Björklund. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix

Minister supports decision to close Lundsberg

Minister of Education Jan Björklund has defended the Schools Inspectorate's decision to close down Lundsberg boarding school. "No-one should be afraid of going to school," he told reporters at a press conference late on Wednesday afternoon. He noted that several of the incidents reported from the school are "unacceptable" and that the closure does not come after just one incident.

There were upset scenes at the school today, with pupils crying in teh grounds after having been told that the school is to temporarily close, and that they will be moved to other schools. In an interview with the news agency TT, the headmaster of Lundsberg, Staffan Hörnberg, questions whether it is right to punish all the 200 pupils at the school by closing it. He calls it "collective punishment". "Here we have perhaps 199 pupils who are completely innocent and who are very friendly and who love their school."

An 18-year-old pupil has been notified by the police that he is suspected of involvement in the abuse at the school.

Minister of Education Jan Björklund says he fully understand that many pupils feel they have not done anything wrong. He has also demanded a swift response from the the schools of the pupils home towns. In the case of the 17 pupils whose parents live abroad, the responsibility falls to the local school in Storfors to find places for them.

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