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November 08, 2007

Jokela High School

The massacre at Jokela high school, after Pekka-Eric Auvinen posted a video to YouTube and then went on a murderous shooting spree, is all over the papers this morning. The New York Times:

Seven children and a principal were killed Wednesday when an 18-year-old student opened fire at a school here, hours after he posted a video on YouTube foreshadowing the massacre.

The student walked through the corridors of Jokela High School firing into classroom after classroom with a .22-caliber handgun. He died in a hospital after shooting himself in the head, doctors said.

The police identified the shooter as Pekka-Eric Auvinen, Agence-France Presse reported.

Two girls, five boys and a woman who was the principal of the school in this southern Finland town were killed in the shootings, the police said.

A teacher, Kim Kiuru, said the gunman had been keenly interested in war history and extremist movements.

And the LA Times:

An 18-year-old gunman killed seven other students and the principal during a rampage through his high school here, and investigators suspect that he revealed plans for the carnage in Internet postings in which he urged revolution and grinned after target practice.

Investigators said the gunman, who was not identified, shot himself in the head after his attack at Jokela High School, about 30 miles north of the capital, Helsinki. He died at a hospital.

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