Most disturbing

This morning a 17 year old boy killed ten pupils, three teachers, and three other people in his former school in Winnenden, less than 25 kilometers from where I live and work, north of Stuttgart, Germany. Me, my wife, and our children are spending this evening disturbed, watching the news and talking about the unbelievable.

5 Responses to “Most disturbing”

  1. Chad Black says:

    Last summer, we had a gunman show up at a local unitarian church and open fire during a children’s performance. He killed only two adults due to the immediate and brave actions of members of the congregation. It is so totally jarring when something like this happens, and I would imagine even more so in country like Germany where stories of this type of gun violence are much more rare.

    My thoughts are with the community in Winnenden and the surrounding area. It really takes the whole community to heal and move on.

  2. Gordon says:

    Very sad. We’ve had so many of these in the U.S. but I don’t recall hearing about similar incidents elsewhere.

    I have noticed most of these incidents seem to happen late in the school year here (March/April/May). The worst part is that one incident sometimes appears to provoke another. I hope that won’t happen in Europe.

  3. Karen says:

    I am truly sorry.

    We are at Virginia Tech. As unbelievable as our tragedy was, what is most shocking is that anyone else would repeat the same a senseless act.

    A little advice: Hug your kids and don’t watch the news.

  4. Eric says:

    Thank you all. We talked a lot yesterday, we didn’t watch much of the news, and we hugged our kids. Our children are not frightened. They know what happened and they have a certain understanding of why things like this happen.

    What now saddens me is that the media here focuses on the finding of Counter Strike on the boy’s computer, claiming that playing these games made him the killer he became. This is way too simple. I can guess at least parts of the ‘mechanics’ behind these acts which leads me to the conclusion that its nearly impossible to prevent them from happening. A warm home, a good social net, attentive co-pupils and teachers, this all can help to keep the mechanics building up. Banning some computer games that are more a symptome than a cause will not help much.