Controversial Danish boarding school reports 23 incidents to police

Elite Danish boarding school Herlufsholm, the subject of a recent explosive television documentary revealing a longstanding culture of bullying and violence, has since filed 23 reports with police.

Controversial Danish boarding school reports 23 incidents to police
Herlufsholm School, founded in 1565, is the subject of a recent documentary exposing violence among students. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Police in Denmark have been contacted 36 times about private boarding school Herlufsholm since a documentary by broadcaster TV2 earlier this month revealed a culture of bullying and abuse at the elite school.

Information relating to police reports was provided by the Ministry of Justice in response to a parliamentary question.

25 files have been opened as a result of the 36 reports, and 23 of the reports were placed by Herlufsholm itself.

“23 of the reports were made by Herlufsholm which, following the documentary, has reported death threats against itself,” the ministry’s parliamentary response reads.

It is unclear whether all of the 23 reports made by Herlufsholm relate to threats, news wire Ritzau writes having requested that information from the National Police.

The TV2 documentary described a culture of unmitigated bullying and violence, alongside allegations of sexual assault.

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In a separate parliamentary response, the Justice Ministry detailed historical complaints made about the school to police over the last decade.

According to the ministry, the local police district received ten reports between January 2012 and May 17th 2022 relating to violence, rape or indecency alleged at the boarding school.

One charge has been pressed for violence, according to police information disclosed by the ministry in parliament. One conviction for rape has resulted from the earlier complaints. The conviction, reached in April this year against a 16-year-old boy, has been appealed.

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Updated: Danish rollercoaster shut down after teenage girl killed

The theme park Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus said it had permanently closed a rollercoaster ride after an accident in which a teenage girl was killed and 14 years after four other people were injured in a separate incident.

Updated: Danish rollercoaster shut down after teenage girl killed

“A 14-year-old girl from Copenhagen died on Thursday afternoon after a tragic accident at the Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus,” Danish police said in a statement, adding that a 13-year-old boy had also been injured.

The accident occurred shortly before 1pm local time when a car broke loose from the Cobra ride, said Henrik Ragborg Olesen, director of the Tivoli Friheden theme park.

“It was the back part that broke off and was hanging under the rest of the  train,” he told Danish broadcaster TV2.

The roller coaster on a 400-metre long, 25-metre high track that can reach speeds of up to 70 km/h, was the scene of an accident in 2008, shortly after it opened.

At that time, it was the front part that broke away, leaving four people seriously injured. An investigation revealed a construction error in the Italian-designed ride.

The ride will now close permanently.

“After the 2008 accident and now this one in 2022, we no longer have confidence in the attraction being safe enough for it to continue,” said theme park director Henrik Ragborg Olesen.

Olesen told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) that the park is offering psychological help to employees and visitors who were near the ride, or on it, at the time of the accident.

East Jutland Police urged the public to not share videos and pictures of the accident on social media, or elsewhere. Those who do have material of the accident have been told to contact the police via 114.

Tivoli Friheden park is to remain closed until at least Tuesday.