More than 20 teenage asylum seekers who arrived in Norway without their families will no longer be allowed to attend classes at a local junior high school in Western Norway, after complaints they sexually harassed other teenage girls at the school. Police are investigating one concrete case of assault, and the suspects have also been moved to another asylum center.
The 26 young male asylum seekers who’d been going to school at the Ulstein Junior High School in Ulsteinvik are accused of collectively surrounding female classmates both on the way to and from school and during free time on the school grounds. Local newspaper Vikebladet reported that several of the teenage girls and their parents have complained they were sexually harassed and felt threatened.
Local mayor Knut Erik Engh said the first reports from parents were filed before Christmas. Local sheriff Leif Arne Mørk confirmed that they’re also investigating a reported sexual assault, but not a rape. “The case we’re looking into involves a teenage girl and two teenage asylum seekers,” Mørk told news bureau NTB.
TV2 reported that the suspects are aged 15 to 17. Police have issued restraining orders on behalf of the girl and moved the boys to another asylum center.