A Burning Desire for an Education

Earlier today I mentioned briefly the recent increase in the incidence of arson at schools in southern Sweden. Malmö, which has a large population of Muslim immigrants, saw one of the greatest increases.

Our Swedish correspondent LN has risen to the occasion and translated the article from Sydsvenskan. The accompanying map was adapted from a photo at Snaphanen:

Skåne schools severely affected by fires

The number of emergency calls for fires in Scanian schools last year reached a new high. The worst increase has been in Helsingborg, with almost twice as many emergency calls as the number two place: Malmö.

Skåne arson map

Even for the country as a whole there were more emergencies than ever last year.

“It is the pupils who set the fires, and I say that nine out of ten fires are arson,” says Björn Björkman of the Fire Protection Association.

He thinks it is a problem that schools have been slow to realize that the cause of fires is in the attitudes and in the adult approach to the pupils.

“There has been a numbing, when teachers think it is natural for fires to be set once or a few times per semester,” says Björn Björkman.

The point is that students must feel seen, heard, and affirmed.

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In ten years, the number of school fires in the country increased by about 70 percent to 511 incidents, according to new statistics from the Swedish Agency for Public and preparedness, MSB.

The figures are for fires which have caused an emergency for the fire brigade.

In Skåne the increase is 340 percent over the same period. The increase was most significant between the years 2007 and 2008, when the number of emergencies rose from 73 to 127.

That means one in four emergencies occurred at a Scanian school, with Helsingborg having the maximum.

Björn Björkman of the Fire Protection Association says that most fires occur at midday. Often a fire is started in a trash can. The dramatic fires, however, are set during evenings and nights.

In Helsingborg, Thomas Johnsson has no prescription for how the fires will be reduced. A few more technical solutions, more cameras are not seen as a help. Fires and alarms have come from schools that are already supervised.

“There has been some kind of fad among troublemakers at school to summon the fire brigade,” he says.

But perhaps the tide has turned in Helsingborg. Thomas Johnsson says that the number of emergencies has been fewer in recent months.

5 thoughts on “A Burning Desire for an Education

  1. “The point is that students must feel seen, heard, and affirmed.”

    That’s why staffing the educational system, or any branch of the government, entirely with women is not going end well. Liberal women see no enemies, just poor misunderstood victims whose needs we haven’t yet accommodated.

    If men were running the schools, a few snotty punks would feel their asses soundly beaten, and the fires would stop. Not many school fires in Singapore, are there?

  2. My answer: import Saudi mutwain! In about 2002 there was a fire at a girls’ school in Saudi Arabia. The mutwain, religious police, attacked the firemen and prevented them from saving the girls. About six girls died. Imagine if the mutwain were let loose here. A school would burn down and the students in it killed. End of problem. Bring in the mutwain!

  3. As we all know, school arsons have been a perennial problem for Sweden throughout its lengthy history. The importation of non-assimilating, violent, fanatics who oppose traditional Scandinavian coed education has absolutely nothing to do with this crime wave.

    You also can rest assured that reporters and newscasters will continue to studiously avoid making any such connection right up and until the last school has burned and these Islamic thugs then begin torching all those licentious, pornography showing, homosexual-loving, pro-female Swedish media outlets.

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