bullying and violence
‘Heartbreaking’: Mary and Frederik comment on their son’s school scandal – and warn
Prince Christian and the future Princess Isabelle of Denmark attend a renowned boarding school. But now a documentary has revealed serious allegations – Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are shaken.
Danish Crown Prince Frederik (53) and his wife Crown Princess Mary (50) have openly criticized the serious allegations against their son Prince Christian’s (16) school.
In a statement the couple shared on Instagram, they said: “As parents of a child who goes to Herlufsholm, we are deeply shocked by the statements revealed in the latest documentary. It is heartbreaking the systematic bullying and a culture of abuse and violence. This is totally unacceptable. As parents, we expect the school to ensure a culture where everyone is safe and part of a community. We will monitor the coming period for changes that are clearly needed.
Such a statement by representatives of the royal family is very unusual. Experts consider this to prove how seriously the Danish royal family takes the allegations made in a television documentary. Crown Princess Mary’s Foundation campaigns intensively against bullying, among other things.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark: allegations of violence and abuse against her son’s school
Prince Christian is a high school student at the boarding school near Næstved, a good 70 kilometers south-west of Copenhagen. Her sister Princess Isabella (15) also wants to go to school after the summer holidays.
In a documentary called ‘Herlufsholms hemmeligheder’ (Secrets of Herlufsholm), broadcaster TV2 describes cases of physical violence, bullying and sexual abuse at school. The show’s creators spoke to 50 alumni, and many of them recount their life-changing experiences at the prestigious institution. The older students allegedly assaulted the younger ones, especially at night, and regularly beat them, among other things.
The school administration announced that it would open an independent investigation. “Billed Bladet” quoted a press release from the school board president: “I would like to apologize on behalf of the board. We owe a debt of gratitude to the two who appeared on the show, as well as to those who have had similar experiences, for their courage.” The problems and possible solutions were discussed in a meeting. As an immediate measure, the principal, Mikkel Kjellberg, was fired. On Friday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen demanded on Facebook that the school take responsibility and shut down the underlying culture.