Crime: Bullying was the reason for shootings in a Finnish elementary school

Bullying was the reason for shootings in a Finnish elementary school

Candles and flowers are placed in front of the Viertola School in Vantaa, Finland. photo

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A sixth-grader is said to have shot at his classmates in a Finnish elementary school. A twelve-year-old was killed. The motive was dealing with him.

Bullying is said to be the reason for the shooting at a Finnish primary school in which a 12-year-old boy died. When questioned, the alleged perpetrator, who was also twelve years old, stated that he had been bullied at school in the city of Vantaa, the Finnish police said at a press conference on Wednesday. The police confirmed this statement as part of their investigation. According to this, the suspect had moved to the sixth grade at the beginning of this year at the school that the three victims also attended.

Shots were fired at the elementary school on Tuesday morning. Shortly afterwards, police arrested a sixth-grader with a gun near the school grounds. A twelve-year-old child died from his injuries at the scene, and two other twelve-year-old students are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to the police, the arrest went smoothly. The incident is being classified as murder and double attempted murder. The suspect is said to have confessed to the crime during the first interrogation. The gun used belonged to a close relative of the boy, police said. Police also said Wednesday that the boy also threatened other students after he fled the school following the shooting.

In response to the incident, flags in Finland were flown at half-mast. The affected primary school is located in the Viertola district and has around 800 students spread across two locations. Vantaa in southern Finland is the fourth largest city in the country with over 200,000 inhabitants.

According to the Finnish Ministry of the Interior, there are over 1.5 million registered firearms and approximately 430,000 authorized owners in Finland. Both hunting and owning weapons have a long tradition in Finland. After shootings at Finnish schools in 2007 and 2008 that killed a total of 20 people, the country tightened its gun laws: the minimum age for gun ownership was raised and the police were given more powers to control people applying for a gun license. transmitted.


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