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Not so good day in Finland, today. We had another school shooting. A 22-year-old man walked into the classroom and started shooting. Killed 11 people plus himself. It's been like ten months since the same kind of thing happened in another school.

Today's tragedy happened in Kauhajoki, quite far from where I live, and I don't even know anybody from that town, but I'm sad and shocked. It's terrible how this keeps happening, how a person can be in such pain that he's able to kill another human being. He has the gun, he gets no help. Where is the love?

Well, my intention was not to fill this post with my personal confusion, but to make a constructive opening to this thread. Please share some thoughts. Are you afraid to go to school, do you think we should look after each other more carefully? How common are the violent actions? Is there any way to prevent these kinds of things from happening?

Again, I'm sorry if the place and time and topic are all wrong... But I'd like to hear your opinions and thoughts.

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Not so good day in Finland, today. We had another school shooting. A 22-year-old man walked into the classroom and started shooting. Killed 11 people plus himself. It's been like ten months since the same kind of thing happened in another school.

Today's tragedy happened in Kauhajoki, quite far from where I live, and I don't even know anybody from that town, but I'm sad and shocked. It's terrible how this keeps happening, how a person can be in such pain that he's able to kill another human being. He has the gun, he gets no help. Where is the love?

Well, my intention was not to fill this post with my personal confusion, but to make a constructive opening to this thread. Please share some thoughts. Are you afraid to go to school, do you think we should look after each other more carefully? How common are the violent actions? Is there any way to prevent these kinds of things from happening?

Again, I'm sorry if the place and time and topic are all wrong... But I'd like to hear your opinions and thoughts.

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earlier this year, i got really into columbine. i studied it intensely every day for about two weeks. i think i know (or knew, i probably forgot some stuff) everything about it.

it's baffling how that sort of thing can go down.

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I just read about this too. So sad.

My high school never really had any violence being as it was representative of a very small town, so I don't really have much first hand experience with this sort of thing.

It seems to me, though, from what I have seen, that these things tend to happen to students who are under huge amounts of pressure or feel secluded, alone, or made fun of.

I think the only real thing anyone can do to help is to try their best to make sure that no one feels this way. Maybe by giving people who are down and out extra friendship, even if one's own friends don't approve, one could really make a difference.

Anyway, just some thoughts. I can imagine how scary it must be to have something like this hit close to home.

Best wishes,

Tyler

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I came across this in an odd way. In history class we were talking about how recorded history is often altered and changed by the spin you put on it, so my teacher put up a couple of headlines from today and we had to try to turn them into a positive story, like an exercise in propaganda, and one of the headlines was this story and I immediately thought of you. Glad to hear this was no where near you. Still though, so tragic.

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wow. I hadn't heard about this. Its so tragic, on so many different levels. schools are supposed to be safe zones for children...where can they go now? how can they be expected to learn in an environment filled with hatred and violence?

*sigh*

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My school is also quite small even in Finland, a bit over 500 students. I do feel safe there. My high school is specialised in performing arts, and we have a good, hm, community spirit or something. Of course there is always someone who falls out of it all, but I really don't know how to be afraid when my school feels so good and safe place. Not that I wanted to be afraid.

I hate the way the media handles these cases. I hate it how everybody will be so concerned about the youth for couple of months and then forget all about it. I hate it when we have to talk about it and read about it and discuss and share our feelings all the time. I know that these kinds of things can't be just forgotten, but don't want to talk about it all the time with everybody. I want to handle this by myself and focus on living.

The sun still shines, the buses are still late. I still have exams coming. The world didn't stop turning after all.

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It's terrible...

what terrifies me is the news/info that it's copy-catism (?), I heard that there are some people who consider the highschool murderers (Columbine, Virginia Tech) to be heroes and will attempt to emulate their madness... like this Fin apperantly did.

inconceivable... somehow there are people who believe the rants of raving maniacs to be truthful? a correct way of thinking?

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Yep, that's scary... Several schools have been emtied during this week beacause some idiots got inspired by Kauhajoki, just as they did after Jokela. Today, someone had written to the wall of one of my sister's school's toilets "30.9.2008 the school will explode". I just don't understand why anyone would consider this as a good joke. Kids are afraid! I'm sure nothing happens tomorrow and so is my sister, but these kinds of jokes are just cruel. Make love not war, please? There will be cops patroling the shcool area and everything, just because someone has really bad sense of humour and wants to freak everybody out.

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