German ex-pupil stabs teacher to death in revenge over poor marks

A FORMER pupil with a grudge over bad marks stabbed a teacher to death at his old school in Germany yesterday.

The 23-year-old man was arrested after the attack in Ludwigshafen in the country’s south.

The 58-year-old victim, his former teacher, died from at least one fatal stab after a fight, police said.

The killer entered the school, which has about 3,200 students, at about 10am armed with a knife as well as a starter pistol.

After he confronted the teacher, the two fought and the teacher was stabbed. The suspect then went into another school building, fired several blank shots from the starter pistol, and lit a flare.

The fire triggered an alarm, prompting the evacuation of the school and bringing authorities to the campus.

The killer lay down his weapons when confronted by police and was arrested without incident, police chief investigator Franz Leidecker said.

Armed police rushed to the school after the teacher was killed in the latest in a string of school attacks.

The training college in Ludwigshafen, south-west Germany, was immediately evacuated and there were no further injuries, police said, although the attacker apparently assaulted several teachers.

“There was one person dead. It was a teacher who was seriously injured and then later died of those injuries,” police spokesman Michael Lindner told rolling news channel N24.

Security has been tightened at schools across Germany after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer went on a rampage at his former school last March, killing 15 people before turning his gun on himself in a shoot-out with police.

Since then, there have been several similar incidents that have raised the spectre of another bloodbath.

In May, a 16-year-old girl tried to set her school on fire with Molotov cocktails and attacked a fellow pupil with a knife.

A similar attack took place in September, with an 18-year-old boy going on the rampage at his school, lobbing Molotov cocktails and injuring 10 people, before being arrested.

According to police, the latest incident took place at 10am (9am Irish time) and the vast majority of pupils were on their way home an hour later. Shocked pupils were being treated in a counselling centre set up nearby.

Kretschmer’s attack last March at the Albertville Realschule in Winnenden near Stuttgart stunned the country. He killed nine pupils and three teachers then hijacked a van and forced the driver to go 40km with a gun to his back, telling him what he had done was “fun”.

Kretschmer then shot dead three more passersby in another town before being cornered by police, when he turned the gun on himself.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Horst Koehler attended a memorial service in the town, beamed out on some 20 giant screens to the 7,500 people outside, as flags flew at half-mast around the country.

The country’s worst school massacre was in the eastern city of Erfurt in 2002, when 19-year-old Robert Steinhaeuser killed 16 people and then himself.


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