• Germany's news in English

Teen attacker planned Ansbach school rampage

AFP/DDP/DPA/The Local · 18 Sep 2009, 14:20

Published: 18 Sep 2009 14:20 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

They also revealed that the teen responsible for the attack on Thursday had been undergoing psychological counselling.

A search of his bedroom in the city just south of Nuremberg revealed “documents with evidence that he planned the event and include mention of an apocalypse,” senior public prosecutor Gudrun Lehnberger said.

Lehnberger also confirmed that the young man had injured one teacher as well as several of his fellow students at the school.

Click here for The Local's photo gallery of the events in Ansbach.

Meanwhile police and teachers on Friday called for better emergency procedures to handle such school attacks.

Head of the German Police Union (DPOLG), Rainer Wendt criticised insufficient school security and called for a nationwide early warning system.

“The horrifying act in Ansbach unfortunately proves once again that Germany’s schools are not secure places,” he told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. “We finally need comprehensive early warning systems for schools.”

Wendt also said that schools are missing desperately needed social workers and psychologists to help students with their problems before they get out of hand.

“In every German school there needs to be at least one social worker and psychologist,” he told the paper. “The state governments must finally do their homework and invest heavily in schools security instead of calling for stronger laws after every school attack to distract from their school policy failures.”

Meanwhile the president of the German teachers’ association (DL), Josef Kraus, also told the paper that schools need more psychological care for students to prevent further attacks, saying the number of psychologists in schools should double.

“We must establish a culture of closer attention,” he said, adding that teachers need to be educated in recognising possible problem students.

On Thursday morning the 13th grade student identified as Georg R. attacked the college preparatory high school Gymnasium Carolinum armed with an axe, knives and several firebombs.

The firebombs he ignited in the attack apparently set off a fire alarm in the school, possibly heading off more carnage as students left the building and a police patrol car quickly came to the scene.

The attacker injured nine – including two girls who were critically wounded – before police shot him five times. He was stopped just 11 minutes after the first emergency call to police. He is in serious condition and has not yet been questioned by authorities.

Story continues below…

One of the girls he injured suffered life-threatening axe wounds, but she was reportedly in stable condition on Friday afternoon. The other girl suffered second-degree burns to her body from a firebomb.

Students described Georg R. as a quiet outsider who was teased by girls for his appearance.

The attack comes about six months after a school shooting in the town of Winnenden in March, when 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer shot dead 15 people before dying in a shoot-out with police. There have been several warnings of copycat shootings since, with armed police evacuating schools on several occasions.

In May, a 16-year-old girl was arrested after arriving at a school wearing a mask and armed with several knives, an air gun and a rucksack full of bottles of flammable liquid. She attacked another female student, nearly severing her thumb with a knife.

Related links:

AFP/DDP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities 'widespread in Bavaria'
A village in southern Bavaria. Photo: DPA.

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
RB Leipzig. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd