Teenager flips off Danish PM during classroom visit

Teenager flips off Danish PM during classroom visit

Danish PM gets schooled: Teenager flips off Mette Frederiksen during classroom visit – and she unwittingly posts it to Instagram praising ‘how wonderful it is to see happy children back at school’

  • Mette Frederiksen had been visiting the Bavneskolen School in Dalby, Zealand 
  • She later uploaded the snapshot thanking students for an ‘incredibly lovely visit’
  • Failed to spot one of the students raising middle finger in apparent disapproval

The Danish Prime Minister unwittingly posted a picture from an official school visit praising pupils who had returned to the classroom before eagle-eyed followers spotted a teenager flipping her off in the background. 

Mette Frederiksen had been visiting the Bavneskolen School in Dalby, Zealand, on Thursday before posing against a backdrop of schoolchildren.

She later uploaded the snapshot alongside a caption that read: ‘Thank you for an incredibly lovely visit this morning. It’s splendid to experience both children and teachers who are just happy to be back at school.’ 

But it seemed Frederiksen’s media team had failed to spot that one of the students, later identified as 15-year-old Nick Larsen, was raising his middle finger in apparent disapproval.

The Danish Prime Minister unwittingly posted a picture from an official school visit praising pupils who had returned to the classroom before eagle-eyed followers spotted a teenager flipping her off in the background (pictured)

She uploaded the snapshot alongside a caption that began: ‘Thank you for an incredibly lovely visit this morning’ (translation above)

Larsen, who is in the ninth-grade, could be seen sitting in the front row wearing a grey hoodie and making the gesture with his right hand.

He has since spoke to broadcaster TV2 and said that he had assumed the photo was only being taken for the class, rather than for national publicity, insisting that the middle finger was not aimed ‘specifically’ at Frederiksen.

The teenager said: ‘It was just an impulsive act but I didn’t especially want her to visit… It was my sister and my friends who let me know that it was suddenly all over the place.’

But he added that he is ‘allowed free expression just like everyone else is’. 

Larsen, who is in the ninth-grade, insisted that the middle finger was not aimed ‘specifically’ at Frederiksen (pictured during the visit)

The publication stated that the teenager had been dissatisfied after being sent home from school for almost five months.   

Larson later told BT, a separate news outlet, that he is ‘not a fan of [Frederiksen] and what she does’.

‘I think she should listen more to others. It’s as if she’s the only one who’s allowed to do things,’ he said. 

The photo has not yet been removed from the Prime Minister’s Instagram page.

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