Teen aimed gun at teacher during class

A French lesson at a middle-school in Linköping in eastern Sweden was disrupted recently when a teenage boy who wasn't a student at the school aimed an air rifle at the teacher's head.

However, the incident was never reported to the police or to Swedish workplace safety authorities.

The two teenage boys were not students at the school, but told the teacher they were interested in participating in the French lesson.

The teacher agreed to allow the two boys to remain in the classroom.

“They were apparently very nice and said hello to the teacher. The teacher did not act in accordance with our internal rules stating that no guests can remain on our premises,” principal Maria Nicoleta Tode, who is responsible for primary school operations at Folkungaskolan, told the Östgöta Correspondenten newspaper.

In the middle of the class, one of the boys got up and aimed at the teacher’s head with an air rifle.

Even though the teacher was so shocked by the incident that she left school, the matter, which took place on September 23, was never reported to police or the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket).

Police learned about the incident the next day and managed to identify the two boys. However neither of them is old enough to be held criminally responsible.

Lars-Göran Nilseryd of the local police is critical of the school for not reporting the incident immediately.

“I think this is an extremely serious event. Of course the police should have been involved immediately,” he told the newspaper.

Although more than two weeks has passed, the school has yet to file any sort of report. According to principal Tode, a report will be forthcoming, but it has been delayed due in part to the teacher being too upset to write down her version of events.

Tode added that the school was unprepared for such an event and now plans to develop a strategy for how to handle such similar incidents in the future.

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Bavaria plans 100 million rapid Covid tests to allow all pupils to return to school

In the southern state of Bavaria, schools have been promised 100 million self-tests starting next week so that more children can start being taught in person again. But teachers say the test strategy isn't being implemented properly.

Bavaria plans 100 million rapid Covid tests to allow all pupils to return to school
Children in the classroom in Bavaria. Photo:Matthias Balk/DPA

State leaders Markus Söder said on Friday that the first 11 million of the DIY tests had already arrived and would now be distributed through the state.

“It’s no good in the long run if the testing for the school is outside the school,” Söder told broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) during a visit to a school in Nuremberg.

“Contrary to what has been planned in Berlin, we’ve pre-ordered in Bavaria: for this year we have 100 million tests.”

Bavaria, Germany’s largest state in terms of size, plans to bring all children back into schools starting on Monday.

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However, high coronavirus case rates mean that these plans have had to be shelved in several regions.

In Nuremberg, the state’s second largest city, primary school children have been sent back into distance learning after just a week back in the classroom.

The city announced on Friday that schools would have to close again after the 7-day incidence rose above 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The nearby city of Fürth closed its schools after just two days of classroom time on Wednesday, after the 7-day incidence rose to 135.

The Bavarian test strategy plans for school children to receive one test per week, while teachers have the possibility of taking two tests a week. The testing is not compulsory.

But teachers’ unions in the southern state have warned that the test capacity only exists on paper and have expressed concern that their members will become infected in the workplace.

“Our teachers are afraid of infection,” Almut Wahl, headmistress of a secondary school in Munich, told BR24.

“Officially they are allowed to be tested twice a week, we have already received a letter about this. But the tests are not there.”

BR24 reports that, contrary to promises made by the state government, teachers in many schools have still not been vaccinated, ventilation systems have not been installed in classrooms, and the test infrastructure has not been put in place.