Germany: October 18, 2002 — A 16 year old disgruntled former
student took four students hostage Friday around 3:00 p.m. at a school in
southeastern Germany, police said.
former student take 12 yr. old students hostage in Germany.
surrounded the Friedensschule, an elementary and high school in Waiblingen,
near Stuttgart, where the disgruntled former student [Identifying
the Potentially Dangerous Student]seized
the hostages at about 3 p.m.
100 students were in the Friedensschule, or Peace School, when a 16-year-old
former student walked in and sat down in a second-floor computer room around
2:30 p.m., witnesses and police said. Minutes later, he stood up and pulled
out a handgun, they said.
rest of the students and faculty were evacuated, police said. Students
said he warned them to remain calm and then gave a mobile phone number to a
teacher. He sent her and all but four students out of the room and made them
close the curtains before calling police.
said, 'If you don't keep quiet something will happen,''' said Marc, an
no shots fired at this time. Students said the gunman was able to enter
Visitor Pass Policy] because it was fairly common for
young people to sit down at unoccupied computers.
spokesman Thomas Keller described the hostage-taker as making ``a calm
impression'' while talking with police. He demanded cash and a getaway
vehicle during negotiations, Keller said.
hostages were all sixth-graders, around 12 years old, he said. Police
said they hope to resolve the standoff at the grade 1-10 school just outside
Stuttgart without violence.
April, a 19-year-old former student killed himself and 16 other people in an
attack inside a school in Erfurt, in eastern Germany. Thirteen of the dead
were teachers. In the outrage that followed, parliament passed a bill in
June to tighten German gun laws.
Student Frees Last 2 Hostages
WAIBLINGEN, Germany, Oct. 18, 2002
Gianzios walks with his father and mother after being released by a
16 year old former student took four youngsters hostage Friday at a school
in southwestern Germany laid down his weapon and surrendered after letting
all the hostages go unharmed, police said.
The six-hour standoff at the school in Waiblingen, 3 miles northeast of
Stuttgart, ended at around 9:20 p.m. local time a police spokesman said.
The hostage-taker had told police by cell phone he wanted a million euros
(US$) and a getaway car, police said, but any further motive for his actions
After about five hours into the incident, he released two of the hostages,
then let the other two go about an hour later and was taken into custody.
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