Sweden's school inspectorate has ordered the temporary
closure of a prestigious boarding school after two new boys
were burned with electric irons in the latest bullying
scandal at the elite establishment.
The move came after several students of the Lundsberg school
in central Sweden, whose alumni include Prince Carl Philip,
the youngest child of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, were
reported to the police for the hazing ritual over the
The school inspectorate said the school would be closed from
Thursday for up to six months.
It is only the second time the inspectorate has ordered the
immediate closure of a school, Sweden's TT news agency said.
Lundsberg was founded in 1896 and has about 200 boys and
girls of junior high school and high school age.
The inspectorate has criticised the school several times in
recent years for dealing insufficiently with bullying after
pupils reported incidents, including hazings that degenerated
into sexual assaults and other humiliations.
"It's startling that something like this can happen in light
of the measures the school has presented to the school
inspectorate concerning its efforts to prevent violations,"
the directorate said in a statement.
Lundsberg's board of directors said late on Wednesday it had
dismissed its chief executive effective immediately following
interviews with students and staff involved in the weekend's
Swedish media said the injuries to the boys were minor.