Teen shot after murdering 15

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Babe_Ruth, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    Yahoo!=

    I cant believe anyone could ever do something like this, especially at his young age. Since Sim is from Germany he can maybe explain the story a bit more, so we can have more information.
     

  2. Bananas

    Bananas Endangered Species

    Cant see the article you linked. It is restricted for Canada only.

    I saw the story earlier today on the news as it unfolded, pretty damn horrific. It appears he took the weapon from his parents collection before going to the school he used to attend.
    Apparently most of the victims are female aged between 14-16, they dont know if they were targetted that way or if it was just the way events unfolded.
    The police responded to the incident within 2 minutes but the gunmen got away killing two more and hijaking another before fleeing again, when he shot two more people before finally being hunted down by the police, being shot at and injured he then took his own life.

    There are also reports of a large number of the children at the school suffering broken bones from jumping out of windows. Must of been a very scary situation.
     
  3. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    I really think every physically fit teacher needs to be required to have gun training and carry a gun at all times. The rest need to strongly consider doing it.

    For those who say "well not all teachers are comfortable doing that" I would tell them they are going to need to get comfortable and fast. Who's going to go into a school with a gun if they know every teacher is armed.

    So many of these shooting sprees could be prevented if teachers were able to fight back.

    In colleges I personally believe every student who is legally able to own and carry a gun should be able to do so. There is a reason these people who go on shooting sprees pick places like schools where most if not all of the people there will be unarmed.

    It's tragic that these sprees aren't able to be stopped sooner.
     
  4. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    Here's another article about it:

    Published: 11 Mar 09 19:33 CET
    Online: Teen gunman killed after murdering 15 - The Local


    At first I thought this was the Alabama shooting I've heard mentioned in the news earlier. It had multiple casualties too, eleven I think.
     
  5. Vidic15

    Vidic15 No Custom Title Exists V.I.P. Lifetime

    Why ain't kids smart enough to talk to their personal issues to their parents, teachers and other people who could help them rather than go on a rage killing innocent children, and I wonder what do they get out of this? Their own death, if they are planning to die like this, they might as well kill themselves rather then the innocent children.

    With the shootouts that have been happening in the American schools and as well in Germany now, the schools should enforce the police check up in the mornings including the metal detector machine that is used at the airports.

    As for the teachers in schools, they should have some sport of special training, or maybe even carry a gun with them, and have it under the desk or something as well as a Taser gun.
     
  6. Nibbles

    Nibbles meep

    Apparently the killing spree was tiggered by his girlfriend leaving him. But why take it out on his school?
     
  7. Vidic15

    Vidic15 No Custom Title Exists V.I.P. Lifetime

    Jesus, he needed to harden up a bit. I thought punching the wall was bad to do if you break up with your girlfriend.

    He probably took it out to his school, maybe because he hates the kids in there, previous records of being bullied, etc.
     
  8. Sim

    Sim Registered Member

    I don't know more about the details than others posted here already. There is just one thing I'd like to add, which I heard in the news: Gunshot inflicted wounds are so uncommon and irregular in Germany that most doctors are not even prepared to deal with them, which is why doctors by the Bundeswehr (army) have been involved in the treatment of survivors.

    I don't agree that arming teachers and turning schools into prison-like high security areas is a solution. On the contrary, I suppose this would do by far more harm than improve the situation -- just imagine the psychological pressure on both students and teachers, and the resulting psychological problems, not even mentioning the many accidents that would necessarily result. And when teachers, who are supposed to be role models, start carrying guns to underline their authority, this actually encourages students to "fight back" with their own gun violence.

    We shouldn't blow incidents like this out of proportion and remember that millions of students go to school every day, without such incidents occuring. The costs would be in no reasonable relation to the benefits.

    This whole "fight back"-mentality is exactly what causes incidents like this, and the high degree of that thinking in the US is the reason why gun violence is extremely more common in the US than in Europe. Why do you think students did things like that? Simply because they believed "fighting back" against alleged/imaginative injustice they experienced at school is legitimate, also by violence.

    When even role models like Chuck Norris support gun violence to fight and topple democracy, implicitly justifying massacres like the Oklahoma City bombing and promoting simple black/white concepts of the enemy and glorification of gun violence in his movies, you don't need to wonder when eventually, a teen (who is in an age when many students feel alienated and outcast by society) takes up a gun and fights his alleged "enemies".

    The only reasonable course of action should be prevention. The German school system is really fucked up -- there is hardly any psychological care and individual support for students with psychological or medical problems. Teachers don't feel responsible for their students, if someone fails to conform, they get a bad grade and that's it. Nobody asks them about their family situation, possible problems like shyness or ADS and so on. If the school systems was changed to allow for more individual account of students' problems, frustration that may lead to incidents like this one in the most extreme case, may be recognized and relieved before it really becomes a problem.
     
  9. Mirage

    Mirage Administrator Staff Member V.I.P.

    Sim you could be on to something there, but I've done a lot of research on school and other shootings and honestly it's rarely about "fighting back".

    Take Columbine for example. The kids felt left out. Their suicide letter said they hated the other kids for never including them in anything. Fighting back? Maybe, but not against authority. They just wanted to make other people as miserable as they were. They wanted to cause pain and anguish to those who had what they didn't have. Happy lives.

    We can discuss arming teachers forever but in the end it won't happen because there are too many people that think all guns are bad. The truth is we live in a world with guns. We can't get rid of them. People who want them will always be able to get them. People who are planning on dying anyway aren't worried about any consequences because in their mind (if their plan goes as planned) they won't be around for them. It's selfish but it's the reality we live in. Sometimes the only way to stop these people is with a gun. If somebody walks into your classroom spraying bullets, they need to be stopped as quickly as possible. The situation is literally a war zone. Guns are required to fight people with guns. Especially if those people are intent on killing as many people as possible. You can't reason with people like that.

    In the end, most school shootings could have been much less tragic if a teacher pulled out a gun and shot the killer in the head. Either the teachers need to be armed (or have the option of being armed) or schools really do have to have armed guards in every hall at all times.
     
  10. Nibbles

    Nibbles meep

    I beg to differ. Most of the victems who were shot at school were females, even two female teachers. He had something against women.
     

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