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Elite boarding school re-opens

Students on their way back into Lundsberg. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

The controversial elite boarding school Lundsberg has re-opened, following a court injunction last week. But the Schools Inspectorate, which originally decided to temporarily shut the school because of bullying, will now appeal the court judgment, news agency TT reports.

Lundsberg, one of the few private boarding schools in Sweden, has long been fighting a reputation of organised bullying and hazing rituals by older pupils on new students. The issue came to a head recently when some pupils were burned with a clothes iron during an 'initiation ceremony'. The Schools Inspectorate then decided to close the school for six months while it carried out its investigation into the bullying, and while the school was ordered to do more to stop the hazing.

A court last week found that closure illegal, saying it was unclear whether the Inspectorate also had jurisdiction over the dormitory part of the school.

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