837. Sydøstsjællands Idrætsefterskole
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)