Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Swedish school burns down in ‘migrant dominated’ area – 2 teenagers arrested
On Sunday night, Gottsundaskolan – a secondary school with around 450 students, was burned down in the troubled and migrant-dominated "vulnerable area", Gottsunda in Uppsala. 2 of the school’s 3 buildings were completely destroyed and the 3rd building was severely damaged.
2 teenage girls were arrested by the police suspected of having started the fire. Due to their young age they were released after interrogation, but suspicions of aggravated arson persist.
Building a new school will cost between €10-20 million. Nonetheless, this isn't a rare event in Sweden nowadays.
In addition to car fires every other day, the country is, according to a recent report, the worst in the world when it comes to the number of school fires per year.
In 2 years, intentional school fires have increased by 47% – from 292 cases in 2015 to 429 cases in 2017.
If we had over 400 cases of arson in Swedish workplaces, we would've addressed the problem immediately and started to investigate what it was due to, says Anders Bergqvist, secretary general at the Fire Protection Association, in a press release.
Along with the risk of people being harmed, the fires have major economic consequences; the annual cost's up to €100 million.
And on top of that there's costs in the form of delayed school starts, impaired school environments and anxious students, parents and teachers as well.
However, the number of fires can be reduced, says the Fire Protection Association – if the youths in the country’s problem areas are offered other activities.
School premises can be designed to hinder deliberate fires and reduce the risk of fire spreading.
It's also necessary to increase youth activities in socio-economically vulnerable areas and to increase the prevention of bullying and mental health issues.
"Students who feel seen, heard and confirmed don’t burn their school down", says Anders Bergqvist. He also confirms the claim that Sweden has the largest proportion of school fires in the world.
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