Denmark’s Most Elite School Is an Example of Toxic Bullying Culture

Dealing with it was long overdue. It is time for a #MeToo movement when it comes to bullying

Herlufsholm, a danish elite boarding school is accused of fostering a toxic bullying culture.
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I have been living in Denmark for 25 years. When you have been living in a foreign country for so long, it inevitably becomes a second home. Even if you, like me decide to leave it behind and move back to your roots. It is no surprise, then that I from time to time follow danish news, to keep myself updated a bit.

This week there is a story, that hit the headlines, which piqued my interest. The reason for it is, that it ties into a post I wrote about bullying not so long ago.

Bullying is still a major issue in our education system. I have been at the receiving end of it for most of my school career.

I know about the devastating effects it can have on mental health and well-being.

The news story I am referring to is about a boarding school called Herlufsholm. It is one of the most elite boarding schools in the country.

Almost all wealthy people try to secure a spot there for their beloved offspring.

Former and current students are now coming forward with allegations of extreme bullying. There is strong evidence that leadership and staff not only knew about it. They actively fostered it. And they tried to suppress incidents from becoming public.

The reports are overwhelming. The police have decided to launch an investigation.

In their unchallenged love for the Danish royals, the media make it mostly about them. One of the royal offspring is also a student at the school. That is an open invitation to do “something with the royals”. I am not writing to criticize the royal families or monarchies at all. That is for another post.

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My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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