Monday, October 27, 2014

Student, 15, Shoots His Teacher in German Class; Teacher,56, Dies in 1st School Shooting in Estonia

A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher during class today (October 27, 2014) in a town in southern Estonia -- the first known school shooting in the Baltic nation -- according to the ABC News website.

Four other students were in the classroom at Paalalinna School in the town of Viljandi, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said. She said the shooter was apprehended and no one else was injured in the early-afternoon attack at the school of 450 students.

Government officials said the victim was a 56-year-old female teacher of German. Police said they had no details about a possible motive.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called the slaying a tragedy. "It is not a tragedy of one school or one town; it is a tragedy for the whole of Estonia," Ilves said in a statement.

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