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    Migrant Related Violence Forces Swedish Schools To Close

    Over the last five years, violence among students in primary and secondary schools has more than doubled, Swedish news outlet Samhällsnytt reports.

    A reverse in the trend is not in sight. On the contrary, violent incidents continue to increase. The violence varies from smashed up classrooms to robbery, stabbings and murder, and it is carried out by students against other students and teachers.

    The Swedish Work Environment Authority refuses to confirm that there’s an increase in violence, and suggests that perhaps it is the willingness to report violent incidents that has increased instead.

    So far this year, they have received 544 reports on serious incidents of violence. What the typical criminal profile behind these crimes looks like in regard to gender, age and descent is nothing that the authority wants to reveal, though.

    Other relevant authorities, such as the Police National Media Centre, the Crime Prevention Council (Brå), the National Agency for Education and the School Inspectorate haven’t provided any statistics or guidance on which groups are overrepresented either – or what underlying factors they believe can explain the sharp increase in violence in schools.

    However, the Teachers’ Union chairman, Åsa Fahlén, is not surprised. She argues that the increased violence in schools reflects the increased violence in society. In particular, the serious violence from criminal migrant gangs has increased dramatically and, according to Fahlén’s theory, it is therefore natural that we see an increase in the same kind of violence, and from the same groups in school.

    “I’m not surprised, but worried,” says Fahlén. She also notes that, in these groups, people generally express themselves more threateningly than what was previously common in schools, and they also take to violence faster and more easily when conflicts arise.

    And regardless of what the authorities choose to believe, problems with violence, and difficulties in recruiting teachers are more common in so-called “vulnerable” areas. In some places, schools have been forced to close because school staff have lost control of their students’ violence.

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