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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Fighter aircraft scrambled in response to Copenhagen Airport bomb threat

Denmark’s military scrambled two fighter aircraft on Monday after Copenhagen Airport received a bomb threat.

Fighter aircraft scrambled in response to Copenhagen Airport bomb threat

The military command, Forsvarskommandoen, confirmed the response to news wire Ritzau.

“The military last night sent two F-16s into the air in connection with a threat to a civilian aircraft that was approaching Copenhagen Airport,” it said.

“The two F-16s remained at Copenhagen Airport for a period of time until the passengers had been evacuated from the aircraft,” it added, saying it had no further comment.

Copenhagen Police received a bomb threat against the aircraft shortly before 10pm on Monday.

The flight landed at Copenhagen Airport soon after and its passengers disembarked.

Police investigation of the aircraft on Tuesday morning did not result in the discovery of any explosives, according to Ritzau.