One In 30 Students In Relationship With Teacher

Via The Local:

Three percent of students at Stockholm’s biggest high schools have had a relationship with a teacher and the teachers’ ethical council says “you can’t ban love”.

Out of 600 high school students who participated in a survey by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, 20 said they have had a sexual or romantic relationship with a teacher, with one percent claiming they are still in such a relationship.

Two percent said they have classmates who are in a sexual relationship with a teacher.

Five per cent, or 32 students, know or have heard of students in other classes or schools who are in relationships with teachers.

Around 80 percent of Swedes attend high school (gymnasium), which is not compulsory and corresponds to grades 10 to 12.

The law says that someone who persuades another person to engage in a sexual act by seriously taking advantage of that person’s position of dependency should face up to two years in prison.

However, the deed must constitute a clear abuse of power.

“The law could be better and clearer”, said Kristina Huldt, a lawyer with experience of handling sexual abuse cases.

The Teachers’ Ethical Council (Lärarnas yrkesetiska råd), which is tasked with encouraging a continuing debate on work ethics and with promoting professional ethics among teachers, did not want to take a stand on the issue.

“You can’t ban love. The fact that there is attraction is not strange, but we have to think about how we handle it”, said Jesper Rehn of the Teachers’ Ethical Council.

Rehn does not believe legislation is the way forward or that the Council should publish guidelines for how to deal with the issue.

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