A young girl who had her trousers pulled down and threatened with rape at a school in the heavily migrant-populated Swedish city of Malmö has received a £1,700 settlement from the city over their handling of the case.
The incident, which occurred in a Malmö public school in 2016, saw the unnamed girl sexually harassed by young male students who claimed she was not “Muslim enough”, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
The bullying became known after parents of students had informed Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan that their children were facing sexual harassment and abuse in the Autumn of 2016.
“Boys threaten to rape her. Call her a whore. Ask what religion she is. They don’t think she’s Muslim enough,” the father of the young girl said.
Despite the complaints, no charges of sexual harassment were filed by the school which did not consider that the girl had actually been sexually harassed or abused.
The matter was investigated by the municipality, but shortcomings were found in the way the matter was looked at by the municipal Discrimination Ombudsman. The NGO Malmö Against Discrimination forced officials to admit it had not handled the case properly and the city paid out 20,000 Swedish Kronor (£1,700) in compensation.
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The case comes after other allegations of widespread sexual abuse and harassment in schools across the country from Swedish independent journalist Joakim Lamotte last year.
Lamotte, who worked at Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT, said that newly arrived migrants were the driving force behind the increase in sexual harassment in schools. “Many of these guys are not even kids!” he said.
“Young girls tell me they are sexually harassed by newcomer guys both at school and outside of school. They say they do not feel safe in the school corridors. They say they have stopped going home by themselves after school. They say they do not take the bus either,” Lamotte noted.
Violence has also become an issue in some Swedish schools with 13 percent of teachers in Malmö claiming to have been on the receiving end of some kind of violence and an increasing number of schools hiring security staff to deal with the violent behaviour.