To Safer Schools.com associates in Sweden provided the
following account of that nationís first fatal school shooting. Bo
Munthe is a School Safety Professional who has been raising the alarm
in his native Sweden for some time. Unfortunately, his message has
turned to prophecy as a 16 year old student in Jan, Sweden died at the
hands of a gunman on school grounds on January 18 of this year.
school shooting. I will try do give you as much information I can
around lunchtime the 18th of January, two boys, 17 and 19 were
searching for another boy who owed them money (this has been
officially confirmed afterwards). They did not find the boy, but they
found his brother, a 16 year old student. The two boys who did the
shooting apparently were not students but only visiting in the school.
Obviously, something went completely wrong. The 16 year old boy was
shot in the throat and died almost instantly. The killing happened at
the schools toilet and there were many witnesses. The police arrested
the two predators right after the shooting.
people do not see their area as something where crime will show
its ugly face - but here it was, for the
time in Swedish history.
for this shooting seems to be that the older brother to the victim had
a debt for 5,000 SEK ($485) for some drug affair. This information was
astounding for the people who lived in the neighborhood where the
school is. It is a very high class ("posh") area. Most
people do not see their area as something where crime will show its
ugly face - but here it was, for the first time in Swedish
have found the gun that where used, it was a German, DWM pistol. No
one knows where it came from.
We have a
huge coming problem in Sweden now, with about 12,000 guns
"running loose" on the streets. Many of them are coming from
the east now.
My work as
a School Safety Professional is NOT growing because of this - amazingly.
Most of the people on top of the pyramid believe this incident was
something that will not happen again. I know it will, but maybe I see
it from another point of view.
after this killing my son was threatened and harassed by a boy in his
own class. I had to deal with that.
coverage about the shooting was enormous. But after the turmoil had
slowed down, a knife stabbing in a studentís back was just a small
note on one news magazine.
this is what happens in Sweden. Things will be worse, sorry to say. We
are not prepared for the huge mix of different races that come to our
schools. Some schools are trying to prepare themselves, others donít
realize what is going on.
School violence is a
global issue that starts with each one of us. We at Keys
To Safer Schools.com
are raising our voices, along with Bo and others around the world that
"it" can and will happen in your school unless something is
Take the self exam
your School a Safer School?"
This is a simple set of questions which will help you as
Superintendent, Board Member, Instructor or Student determine if your
school has taken all of the precautions needed in todayís climate of
Frank G. Green
Keys To Safer Schools.com