Jenni Muttonen (UWC AC 2006-2008)
Finland rarely appears in the news headlines which tells about the tranquillity the society. On Wednesday 7th of November the nation was however seriously shocked by the killings happened in a high school in the small town of Jokela, in southern Finland. An 18-year-old male student shot dead 8 people and then committed suicide. The victims, 5 male students, a female student, the nurse of the school and the principal of the school, were chosen without an apparent reason. The student responsible for the killings has been described having been a somewhat isolated character with symptoms of depression and mental problems. He had had radical opinions about his superiority compared to the “masses” which are also apparent in his writings full of contempt against humanity. In his last message, written two days before the dramatic events, he wrote that “even though I decided to target my school, my motives for the attack are political and more profound.” It is also known that he had found some inspiration from the school killings happened in the United States. In any case, nothing similar has ever happened in Finland before and the whole country is severely shocked by the brutal way in which the killings happened and by the number of lives lost.
– United World College Student Magazine –