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Tragedy in Helsinki: School shooting leaves one child dead and two gravely wounded in Finland

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Apr 2, 2024

A tragic incident occurred at a Finnish primary school early Tuesday, resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy and serious injuries to two others of the same age. The authorities have arrested the perpetrator, also a 12-year-old schoolboy, who has admitted responsibility for the shooting. The incident took place at the Viertola school in Vantaa, a city in the Helsinki metropolitan area, with about 800 students and 90 staff members. The shooter had a pistol registered to a close relative and had not been suspected of any prior crimes.

The reasons for the attack are unclear, and the authorities are still investigating the motive behind the tragic event. The Minister of Education, Anna-Maja Henriksson, expressed deep sadness over the incident, emphasizing the loss of a young life and the serious injuries to the survivors. The Minister of the Interior, Mari Rantanen, also expressed condolences to the affected families and confirmed the capture of the alleged perpetrator.

This school shooting has brought attention to Finland’s gun policy, as the country has experienced similar incidents in the past. In 2007 and 2008, two separate shootings resulted in multiple casualties, prompting changes to firearm legislation. Finland introduced a proficiency test for firearms license applicants and raised the age limit for obtaining a license. With over 1.5 million licensed firearms in the country, measures have been taken to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Prime Minister Petteri Orpo expressed shock at the incident and offered condolences to the victims, their families, and the school community.

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