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Swedish kids rioted and blockaded a school after someone put photos of Gothenburg's teens on Instagram and tagged them as "sluts". Children as young as 13 were so offended by the online slur that they formed a mob to hunt down a 17-year-old girl believed to be responsible for the controversial Instagram account. Police cordoned …

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Anonymous Coward

At least they will be even more famous when the images are used for advertising.

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Teenage Wasteland

"...The protesters are kicking down lampposts..."

WTF! —are these kids or Godzillas?

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You're in the right area

It's like one of those Japanese combining robots. Never underestimate the power of a few hormone fueled teenagers in a group. The lampposts didn't stand a chance

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Re: Teenage Wasteland

Well, I did see an article on the BBC saying that Swedish women were exceptionally healthy..

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Gym slips & hockey sticks

Plusgymnasiet high school - the Swedish equivalent of our St Trinians?

(Where's my wallet?)

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

Ah girls hockey, where someone decided that the solution to the latent aggression in groups of hormonally charged teenage girls was to hand them all lumps of wood and have them learn to hit a small very hard ball at lethal velocity.

What (to coin a phrase) could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

having been on a rugby team that ended up playing the school hockey team at hockey, I can say an awful lot can go wrong :-) Absolute blood bath. I expected the backs to get broken, a gentle breeze normall does that, but even a decent prop goes down after taking a hockey ball between the posts. We learnt a lot about hiding fouls from the ref that day.

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

Ironically, the pupils at Plusgymnasiet are "helping build a safer environment for homeless people in Gothenburg". Presumably the slut list wasn't part of this initiative.

The name of said project is Lamp Post - though they may have to change that now that they have been kicked down.

FWIW Plusgymnasiet have 15 schools in all the major cities in Sweden, so there is plenty of scope to expand the slut list for nationwide mayhem and rioting.

They're a for profit commercial outfit, the kind the gubbermint wants to see more of here and often held up as an example of success. As an aside, the Swedes are far from happy that companies are profiting from education while Sweden's international table position is slipping in e.g. maths.

Intriguingly, their website says parents and "affected pupils" will be contacted shortly via "schoolsoft". So there's another IT angle if we need it. Schoolsoft's website www.schoolsoft.se disappointingly makes no mention of sluts or riots.

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

Now, if you happen to live in Britain have a pause for a thought.

That my friend is the sport of our future queen.

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

Well, there is also Camogie. It's alleged that the schools that play that, field those teams on inter-school hockey matches. The Hockey players think they are a little rough.

Then there is the REAL Man's sport. Very like ice hockey, but since there is no ice they use a ball in the air. It's called "Hurling". The US "football" armour might be appropriate.

Hockey is civilised.

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

@John Smith 19

to coin a phrase !== "use a cliché"

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@mage

There is worse than hockey? Even lacrosse isn't that violent, hell goat vs t rex in Jurassic Park wasn't as violent as our hockey team. Rugby has a few scrapes to it, the odd punch in the scrum, boots to the ribs etc but generally it stops at broken bones. Those 'girls' were absolutely manic, hockeys sticks to the shins, groin and face repeatedly not to mention their ability to crack ribs with the ball. If there is worse I'm not sure I want to know about it.

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"As an aside, the Swedes are far from happy that companies are profiting from education while Sweden's international table position is slipping in e.g. maths."

First of all, kindly speak for yourself. Surely, there are many people here in Sweden who think like you, but not everybody is an envious social democrat or communist who misses the times when Olof Palme was flirting with the murderer Erich Honecker.

And please elaborate why making profit on education is inherently bad? Is it bad, for instance, if a printing works which prints text books makes profit? What about a paper mill which supplies it? Should everybody in the whole supply chain operate with losses merely because according to certain fanatics it is a mortal sin to make profit on education?

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

So you ARE happy the quality of Swedish secondary education is plummeting like a stone then? Of course you are - more unskilled, semi-literate knobs to populate minimum-wage jobs so Reinfeldt's and Borg's pals can siphon off the old Kr to the Cayman Islands - what's not to like?

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Can I introduce the uninitiated to the Irish game of hurling, best described as a cross between hockey and murder. Like hockey but no restrictions on where you can swing the stick. Examples of this fine sport can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfa3j1OwLlY and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es2nH_HWoCo

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Re: Gym slips & hockey sticks

"having been on a rugby team that ended up playing the school hockey team at hockey, I can say an awful lot can go wrong :-) Absolute blood bath. I expected the backs to get broken, a gentle breeze normall does that, but even a decent prop goes down after taking a hockey ball between the posts. We learnt a lot about hiding fouls from the ref that day."

I guess the "ladies" felt a little intimidated so decided to get their retaliation in early.

They're just not used to how vulnerable the male anatomy is (unless like a sumo you've practiced being able to retract them back into your body cavity, which is fairly rare).

Someone I suspected this was not going to end well.

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Being busy launching a straw man attack, Steen Hive, you forgot to answer my original question, which was why making profit on education is inherently bad.

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"The protesters are kicking down lampposts and jumping on cars,"

Hulk smash?

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Funny...

I'm just back from Gotenborg with the children- I decided to take them there to visit the Christmas markets because my plan to take them to Belfast had to be dropped because of the Union Flag riots there...

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Happy

Re: Funny...

Jonah! You're responsible!

How much do I have to pay you not to visit, or even plan to visit, my town?

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Tch!

Whatever did we do before social networking?

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Unhappy

Re: Tch!

I seem to remember having a life.

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Pint

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(Hic)

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Re: Tch!

I still have a life, after social media

Social media has a purpose, in keeping contact with friends around the world in different time zones,

but it is no substitute to real contact with friends!

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Re: Tch!

Fiddled with our kiddies.

Or have I got it the wrong way 'round?

I'm confused :-|

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There's a lesson in that

You might think that anonymity provides protection in the virtual world, but piss enough people off and a pitchfork-waving mob is still an option.

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Re: There's a lesson in that

Surely that all depends on whether the alleged perpetrator was actually at the school that got surrounded. They could be in the rioting mob for all anyone knows.

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Re: There's a lesson in that

Good point, but I think mine still stands - as the article says, they formed a mob to hunt down a 17-year-old girl believed to be responsible. If I were the perpetrator then I would be very afraid, even if the mob had got it wrong.

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Re: There's a lesson in that

There is a very human response that any major feeling of offence needs to be assuaged by someone being held responsible. Unfortunately the mob mentality wants someone, anyone, to hang - so that they can feel "safe" again. Rational thought about any factual evidence of a nominated person's guilt tends to be an afterthought.

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Re: There's a lesson in that

"they formed a mob to hunt down a 17-year-old girl believed to be responsible."

I'm not sure how jumping on cars and breaking stuff moved them closer to that goal.

It might be more of a case of forming a mob to break shit and act like dicks.

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Re: There's a lesson in that

Individuals can be either smart or dumb, mobs can only be dumb.

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@psyx

That is true, but kids sometimes don't make the best choices (adults also). Has there been any video footage on the tv yet?

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I suspect there's probably a bunch of shakily-filmed close-ups on Youtube, and some sepia-toned shots on Instagram. Or 'evidence' as the authorities might call it.

I'd like to think that no matter how hacked off with an individual I was, I wouldn't use it as an excuse for vandalising nearby cars by jumping up and down on them. I never got the urge to as a child, either. I get angry, but spraying that wrath around like putrid vomit onto the lives of bystanders isn't really ever excusable.

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Again very true, but mob mentality is a very complex thing. People do tend to get carried away, especially if there are a few real nutters in there to stir it up and emotions running high. I'm not excusing their behavior by any means! Apologies if I gave that impression. I'm just not overly shocked, the lamp posts thing was a little crazy!

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Re: @psyx

Here is a short clip from the GP site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b0CleBsrgfk

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The tone of the police statements is interesting - and in my opinion very Swedish. They are quite candid about the unexpected escalation after they were initially involved. Their concern was apparently about maintaining public safety - rather than condemning the students per se. However my Swedish is too rusty to be certain of any nuances.

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According to the Aftonbladet newspaper there are messages circulating for more disturbances on Wednesday. The 17 year old girl rumoured to have made the picture postings says she is innocent. The police have received forty libel complaints about the pictures.

Google Translate still amazes me.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article15953354.ab

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Sorry, we are unable to translate the page you requested.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article15953354.ab

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Google Translate

Must admit Google Translate was only used to cut&paste individual paragraphs that were of interest but not fully understood. Quicker than digging out the paper dictionary. Don't know when my browser "right-click translate this page" facility disappeared.

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Sounds like a starting point for a BBC4 swedish detective series ... anyone called Saga Noren (Malmo Police) yet?

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"Sounds like a starting point for a BBC4 swedish detective series ... anyone called Saga Noren (Malmo Police) yet?"

Ms Noren's very special conversational skills demonstrated that even Swede's can be embarrassed to the point of wishing the ground would open up and swallow them.

I'm sort of hoping there will be a sequel.

The effects of her interrogation skills on a group of teenage girls should be quite profound.

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Posting pictures of people and calling them sluts, that is just evil...

I think a good punishment would be the stocks!

Not surprised that Intstagram T&C's ban nudity though, its an American site, they are obsessed with nudity as a taboo....

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Happy

Fixed it.

"...it's an American site, they are obsessed with nudity."

There, that's closer.

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Obsessed and ashamed at the same time!

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I think a good punishment would be the stocks!

Would that stock be in Playboy, Hustler, or Brazzers?

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Irresistable force?

A post asking for pictures of sluts, aimed at teens?

Surely only a matter of time before the entire local population appeared tagged as sluts.

Including grannys, pets, farm animals and the occasional piece of architecture.

Could anyone swear that they could resist such overwhelming temptation?

Or really consider that the postings were in any way serious?

Once the posts started accumulating, there would be the irresistable temptaton to post something more outrageous than the last one.

So why all the fuss about one poster, but no hunt for the person who originated the whole thing?

Sounds like a bunch of bored kids looking for an excuse to trash stuff.

[Memories of the riots in the UK.]

Oh, my humble contribution top left ;-)

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Re: Irresistable force?

"So why all the fuss about one poster, but no hunt for the person who originated the whole thing?"

Unless you refer to Zuckerberg et al as "the person who originated the whole thing", the which hunt IS for that person.

And you seem to forget that to hormone-filled teenagers anything concerning themselves or their friends is very serious. Especially slander and unwanted publication of "selfies".

Icon for obvious reasons.

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