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Another Massacre: Jokela High School

November 8, 2007

Seven children and a head teacher were killed when a pupil opened fire at a school in southern Finland on Wednesday, hours after he posted a video on YouTube foreshadowing a massacre there.

The 18-year-old, who walked through the corridors of Jokela High School firing into classroom after classroom with a .22-caliber handgun, died later in hospital after shooting himself in the head, his doctor said.

“Five boys, two girls and one adult woman were killed,” police chief Matti Tohkanen told a news conference.

He later identified the woman as the principal of the school in Tuusula municipality, a town of 35,000 some 60 km (40 miles) from Helsinki.

The YouTube video, set to a hard-driving song called “Stray Bullet” by the industrial rock band KMFDM, shows a still photo of a low building that appears to be Jokela High School.

The photo breaks apart to reveal a red-tinted picture of a man pointing a handgun at the camera.

“He (the gunman) was moving systematically through the school hallways, knocking on the doors and shooting through the doors,” said Kim Kiuru, who was teaching a grade 8 class when the shooting began.

“It felt unreal, a pupil I have taught myself was running towards me, screaming, a pistol in his hand.”

He said the gunman had been keenly interested in war history and extremist movements. Police did not identify the student, except to say he came from “a normal family” and had a father, mother and one brother.

The weapon used in the massacre was held legally and the gunman had obtained a permit for it just three weeks ago through a gun club, police said.

Source and more: ABS-CBN News

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Comment:

jokela-shooter.jpgWhat is our assurance that this killings won’t happen her in the Philippines or in Davao in particular?

I can see elementary and high schools here in Davao City without even a security Guard. Well, there are “men i uniform” outside – manning the traffic.

Paranoia you might say.. but hey.. who would have thought that some high school student would go inside the school compound and start shooting everyone in sight?

I suggest that there should be “police visibility” in or around the schools. Just for precautionary measures. It would help “deflect” any plans of villainous and satanic minds.

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