Photo:Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT
Rasmus(cap) and twin Robin win compensation battle.Photo:Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Twins wrongly sent to special needs school for five years

The twin brothers Rasmus and Robin Sjöholm who were wrongly placed in a special needs school when they were twelve without proper evaluation have finally won compensation worth SEK 300 000 each, reports newspaper Sydsvenskan.

After a long drawn out legal process involving Vellinge's local council in the south of Sweden which wrongly placed the boys in a special needs school for five years until the mistake was discovered, a compensation settlement has been reached.

Earlier, the local council was ordered by the Court of Appeal in Malmö to pay compensation to the brothers, after it found that Vellinge council acted wrongly and there had been no evidence to place the boys in a Särskolan, which is a type of school for children with development problems or a disability on the grounds of a brain injury.

The court said that the decision to send the boys to the school had not even been discussed with the parents. The brothers were in class five when they were sent to the special needs school. They had dyslexia and needed extra help.

Before a child is placed in special schools, four evaluations need to be carried out: psychological, social, pedagogical and medical. The twins, who are now in their mid-20's, will receive SEK 300 000 each and have their court costs covered.

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