Swedish School Students Robbed at Knifepoint During Class

Swedish police and local media reported that two masked men armed with knives interrupted an ongoing class at a secondary school in central Sweden on Feb. 7 and stole computers from students.

The robbers entered a classroom at the Rudbeckian High School in the city of Västerås just after lunchtime and threatened students to hand over their computers, local newspaper Aftonbladet reported.

The robbers took all of the computers but were forced to discard some after teachers chased them.

A student from a different class told Aftonbladet that the robbers threw the computers into the bushes while fleeing.

No student or school staff were injured from the incident, but a passing witness who tried to intervene received treatment from paramedics on site.

A large police operation is underway in search of the robbers, Aftonbladet reported.

“We have several patrols who work on site and hold interrogations and carry out investigative measures. We have no arrests and are looking for the suspects and take this very seriously,” police spokesperson Tobias Ahlén said.

Police did not provide full details of the robbery, but said they had been called to the scene after “multiple perpetrators” forced people to hand over their electronic devices from the school.

School Principal Henrik Pettersson described the robbery as “a horrible and traumatic event.”

“This kind of thing should not happen in a school. It’s awful,” Pettersson told Aftonbladet.

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