Sydøstsjællands Idrætsefterskole is a boarding school located in Haslev. It is of the type “Efterskole” (internationally compared to Continuation high schools) where children of rich parents who can afford DKK 50,000 or more for a kind of gab year can join for Form10 before they continue in gymnasium or more labor targeted schooling.
The students attend typical for one year. During a year they have most weekends off and are only required to remain at the boarding school for about 10 weekends per year.
As result of the Chinese Covid-19 pandemic many students have been forced to remain at home for some part of the school year receiving online education.
Most boarding schools in Denmark require a test before returning to the school after a weekend in private.
April 2021 a headmaster Anders Quistgaard expelled a 16-year-old student because the student during his private weekend off participated in a protest against the Danish Governments numerous lockdowns. Many Danes have lost their job, income and had their houses foreclosed.
As result a raising number of citizens have protested the precautions put up by the Danish government. The protests are called “The men in Black” protests. The authorities have arrested many and some even were arrested because they shared the news of protests previously published in Danish newspapers as the Danish government prefers that the surrounding world should not know about the difficult situation, the citizens in Denmark face.
Searching on the website of the school no information about a ban on certain political views or statements have been found. Still the student was expelled due to his political opposition towards the Danish government. The school state some kind of safety concern for the employees but the fact is that there are plenty of test-centers in Denmark, you can go to every single day without any delay, so there is nothing to worry about for any of the employees. They might be just as exposed to the virus while shopping in their local supermarket.
The local citizens do not like the students at the school
It seems that local youth dislike the students at the school. In 2015 groups of students were attacked by local youth and the article mentions that it was a tradition in town to beat the students up.
We must condemn expelling students based on their political point of view and that makes it safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a student if you do not share the political point of view of the school management. Also the placement of the school in a violent neighborhood must be of some kind of concern.
- Anton deltog i Men In Black-demonstration: Så blev han smidt ud af sin efterskole (BT – article is in Danish language)
- Continuation high school (Wikipedia)
- Voldelig tradition: Nye elever på efterskole fik tæsk af 15 lokale unge (TV2 Nyhederne – article is in Danish language)
The Green Meadow Waldorf School become center of a scandal involving an investigation into sexual abuse which where not investigated by anyone at the time it took place. The school also became involved in a lawsuit where it severed ties with a teacher rumored to have child porn in his possession.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager in the past.
After former students came forward, the Emma Willard School asked for a report into the past. It revealed several cases where the students were not secured properly.
To make matter worse, the local laws did not require schools to report abuse conducted against their students.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Emma Willard report reveals history of sexual misconduct (The Times Union)
- SPECIAL REPORT: Loopholes Allow Private Schools to Avoid Reporting Abuse. Will Cuomo Fix It? (Spectrum News)
- Decades of sexual abuse revealed at Emma Willard (The Daily Gazette)
The Trinity-Pawling School is mentioned in a lawsuit and on websites of law-firms looking for clients who could hire them to sue the school for a small fee.
A former Trinity-Pawling student accuses teacher, priest of sexual abuse in lawsuit.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Former Trinity-Pawling student accuses teacher, priest of sexual abuse in lawsuit (Pough Keepsie Journal)
- Trinity-Pawing School named in sex abuse lawsuit (News Break)
The Gow School came to the attention of the media when alleged victims of abuse stepped forward and ended what was silence after the alleged rapes conducted by an English teacher. Stress due to the alleged rape has meant difficulties for the victims to move forward in life.
The school made their own investigation instead of handing the matter over the police. The school concluded that the circumstances no longer were present in 2002. However the incidents, the former students made aware off, took place before this year.
So it could have been likely that the abuse took place and that is why it is odd that the school chooses to investigate a later period.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager back in the 1990’s
A boarding school in Oregon located near Portland – the Catlin Gabel School – has been in the media due to lawsuits made by former students claiming that they were exposed to sexual abuse.
The lawsuit also target the school for lack of protection of the students from employees with the wrong intentions.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager being victims of such actions.
When children live on boarding schools separated from their parents who are supposed to protect them from abuse and sexual advances, they live an exposed life.
That can be true for students at Storm King School. In 2011 a parent claimed that he was not keep up-to-date about possible rape of his daughter. Possible cover-up by employees is the theme of an article from PRlog.
In 2020 The Daily Voice reported an arrest of a student on suspicion of several cases of abuse and child endangerment.
This show that precautions are needed to make sure that the students are protected when they are forced to live as exposed to dangers as children are in boarding schools.
It cannot be fun as a teenager to be victim just because your parents are too busy with their own lives so they fail the job as a parents leaving you unguarded.
In 2004 the authorities intervened against an unregistered boarding school located in Pomona, California. The authorities removed handcuffs, shackles, computers, financial records and other documents during the raid.
While one of the employees were arrested on suspicion of rape with a foreign object and sexual battery of a female student, later the police dropped the case. The employee was a registered sex offender.
The media coverage of the raid spoke of students being restrained in handcuffs, left for hours in cramped, darkened storage rooms and forced into a cold swimming pool as punishments.
It is not clear if the investigation led to real prison time or a plea deal involving fines.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
- Police Remove 26 Youths From Boarding School (Los Angeles Times)
- State Trying to See If Boarding School Was Operating Illegally (Los Angeles Times)
- State Cites Boarding School in Abuse Case (Los Angeles Times)
Today it is a day school but it was also partly a boarding school in the old days. The Internet contain a lot of articles which suggest abuse of young boys by older men. Needless to say that the social status of some of those men has made it difficult to investigate the possible crimes.
However, should the media at some point collect the courage to investigate the past before all the victims have died, the society in general will be shocked.
Regardless if that will happen or not, it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a boy.
Upskirting trial victim speaks of a ‘trust shattered’ (The Impartial Reporter)