School accused of brutality allowed to reopen

The authorities in canton St Gallen have authorised the reopening of a private school which was closed after allegations that teachers punched and hit children.

This content was published on August 8, 2000 minutes

The education department said the Sonnenberg Institute in Vilters could reopen after the summer holidays since it would be under different management and would have a new headteacher.

One of the conditions set by the education authorities was an assurance that corporal punishment would no longer take place.

Last week it emerged that there had been a series of violent incidents by teachers against pupils.

Two headteachers resigned and another teacher was suspended.

They have been banned from making contact with the school or its pupils.

The institute, which has 70 pupils between 10 and 17, is mainly a boarding school. Fees are around SFr22,400 ($14,000) per year.

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