Here in Finland in a city call Oulu, it's a about 2 h drive from my hometown a 16 year old young man
stabbed four people in a school. In the news they said that the guy walked into schools
dining room and stabbed two girls. Police was called and they arrested the man. Police also
found two others stabbed on the school yard. All four are now hospitalized with bad
injuries. This man told later to the cops that he would had shoot all students in the school to death if he
have had a gun.
Now they are talking about metal detectors in schools too. Nobody is safe no longer.
What these young people need is someone who listen to them if they not doing well
or having trouble. They talk about to get a school psychologist for every school so
there is someone for these young people. Maybe that would be a good idea.
Finnish medics take one of the injured to a nearby ambulance for transportation to the hospital after a school stabbing incident at a college in the city of Oulu on October 10, 2013.
A teenage boy has stabbed and seriously injured four people at a vocational training college in northern Finland, the latest of a number of violent school attacks over the past years.
The difference between a school shooting and a school kid with a knife is that four students were injured not killed - that is the difference between a country that makes it hard to get your hands on a gun (and one that traditionally does not). Now before people get all "up in arms" (sorry for such a terrible pun) it is still very tragic and so traumatic for all involved.
So sorry to hear this Jojo.
The kid did say if he had a gun he would have used it (rather than a KNIFE). It must be awful for all those students and teachers
Sorry to hear that Jojo,not sure what the answer is..there was a school psychologist where I went,whether he prevented any violence,who really knows?Sad that kids think that trying to kill someone will somehow make them feel better..
Knife crime is a big problem over here, too. Used to be 14-17 year olds, but now it seems to be rarer amongst that age group. Police and campaigners welcome it as a 'sign that our policy is working', as if people don't age. The 14-17 age group that had such a problem is now ~22-25...and it's just as big a problem as it ever was.
Just some recent cases from round these parts:
A 16 year old girl was stabbed to death after getting off a bus in Birmingham. The attack was motiveless. The killer was caught and is now serving time.
A 16 year old boy was stabbed to death by a gang of older people - 18-23 - outside a wedding reception. Several theories have been advanced as to why it occurred and arrests have been made, but at least two members of the gang are still at large.
A 24 year old man walked into a pub and shot a 41 year old man in the chest and head at point-blank range. Another man was pistol-whipped and, outside, a third was slashed across the leg. Two arrests have been made so far.
A young man in his 20s was stabbed to death after completing a DJ set at an event to mark the first anniversary of the death of an 18 year old, himself the victim of knife crime.
A woman in her 50s was held at knifepoint and raped as she walked her dog beside a canal. The dog was also stabbed in the attack and suffered serious injuries.
On the flip-side, it's nothing new. There was a spate of knife attacks in the early 90s. I had knives pulled on me on two occasions, once when I was chatting with a friend and we were approached by a group of 5 lads of around our own age, another time when I was walking home from a night out. In the first instance, I just felt numb shock - I'd just turned 17 and as far as I knew things like that just didn't happen, not in the area I lived in - and there was nothing to be done anyway; we were outnumbered 5 to 2. There was no reason for it, nothing was taken, no demands were made. Looking back, I think the a-hole really wanted to stab someone, but simply got cold feet.
On the second occasion, it was one-on-one and the night out had been a birthday do for one of the officers in the TA unit I'd joined - after a little bit of string-pulling (based at Kingstanding near Birmingham in those days. Google 'Kingstanding TA units' if you're curious about what I once was). Out comes the knife, there's the initial 'Oh God' moment, but then...well, one of us needed to go to A&E.
But on top of that, even when I was a kid there were stories in the local newspapers of people getting slashed with Stanley knives in the town centre (it really was a no-go area after about 6.30 in the evening in those days). Then in the 50s, 60s and early 70s you had the Teds, the mods and rockers, etc.
The shocking thing about the modern trend has been the youth of most of the victims, but that's about it, and of course 24-hour rolling news doesn't help. It skews peoples' perception. Sadly, the bottom line is that the world's never been safe.