Sweden: “At school, the students say I’m dirty. By ‘dirty’ they mean that I am white and Christian.”
“O you who believe, the idolaters only are unclean.” (Qur’an 9:28)
What? The Qur’an considers Christians to be idolaters? Certainly:
“It is not fitting for Allah that he should take to himself a son. Glory be to him, when he decrees a thing, he says to it only, Be, and it is.” (Qur’an 19:35)
“They indeed have disbelieved who say, Indeed, Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say, Who then can do anything against Allah, if he had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He creates what he wills. And Allah is able to do all things.” (Qur’an 5:17)
“The school’s new everyday life: Murder around the corner,” translated from “Skolans nya vardag: Mord bakom hörnet,” Expressen, December 21, 2022:
The latest fatal shooting happened just a few hundred meters from an elementary school.
The place was Södertälje.
It was the 60th murder in Sweden this year.
It is a new everyday life for students and teachers who in several cases came close to gun violence.
“Parents come to the development talks in protective vests,” says a teacher who has worked for a long time in Järva, which, like Södertälje, has been hit hard by murders near schools.
“Gunvor,” who is in her 60s, has worked as a teacher in Järva all her professional life and got used to a violent and threatening work environment.
Being called “whore,” being told “I’m going to f**k your mother” and witnessing brutal fights is everyday for her and her colleagues, she says.
“I have considered wearing a protective vest. Everyone else has one. Even the parents, they come to the development talks in the West. It’s not strange, the stop at school is just one of many for them.
The hair is light and combed back in a tassel.
“At school, the students say I’m dirty. By ‘dirty’ they mean that I am white and Christian.”
“Don’t touch me, you’re dirty,” they shout.
Every other teacher has been subjected to physical violence by students; seven out of ten in situations where students behaved aggressively or in a generally threatening manner.
In the report “Håll käften kärring,” it appears that threats and violence are common in leisure centers, preschool classes and grades 1-6.
Almost half of the upper secondary teachers and more than fifth upper secondary teachers have been exposed to a threatening situation by a student in the last two years. This is shown in the Teachers’ Association’s report When security is lacking.
She says that students sought her out at home after she reprimanded a student in the classroom.
“He started stalking me a couple of times after I worked in the evening. I don’t really care that much, but he said: ‘be careful’ and stuff like that.”
“At one point, he and his friends were standing outside the door,” she says.
“I heard how they tried to get in through the door. Then about 53 text messages came with the meaning that I should be careful, there were also pictures of me. They sent lyrics from rap songs.”
Basically, it is the money that keeps her working and she lives nicely at an exclusive address.
But she also feels a kind of revenge.
“I am not afraid at work, but it is unpleasant. The wages are very high and that helps. They won’t make me move, I’m enjoying myself anyway.”
Among the staff, people have resigned, she says, and the talk is going on between them about who to watch out for, she says. Who has dangerous family members or is active himself.
Have you tried to take this further and raise the alarm about the situation for yourself or the children in question?
“Never in my life would I make a report of concern. I don’t want problems. Second, there will never be a follow-up. It just stops there.”
“Gunvor” says that she would never take public transportation to work.
“It feels too unsafe.”
Instead, she has arranged her own garage space from a man who, for a fee, guards her car so that it does not get damaged.
Kerstin Aronsson is a school nurse and has worked at Rinkebyskolan in the Järva area for over 30 years.
She means that part of the job is dealing with “frogs jumping out of the mouths” of the children.
“And the frogs can contain things that can be perceived as threatening. We work with children. Their brains haven’t fully grown yet and they sometimes lack impulse control. Then they can eviscerate things, but this is best met with a low-affective approach.”
Do you feel unsafe at work?
“No. It is clear that there may be situations when people who do not belong to our school are in the entrance, for example, but then it is quite effective to simply ask what they are doing there and if they have no business, they can leave.”
For several years, Järva has been in the focus of shootings and gang conflicts. Recently, however, Södertälje has sailed around as the worst in the class with several fatal shootings and revenge attacks in a short time.
Seven murders – in a city of 100,000 inhabitants.
“Södertälje is Sweden’s most police-prioritized area right now,” says commissioner Gunnar Appelgren in Expressen’s crime podcast Krimrummet.
Both Järva and Södertälje are considered particularly vulnerable areas, according to the police’s assessments.