School Shooting in Finland Leaves Three Children Injured

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.02 - 2024 10:33 AM CET

A distressing incident at a primary school in Vantaa, Finland, resulted in three children being hospitalized after a shooting.

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In a tragic event that unfolded early Tuesday, three children were injured in a shooting at the Viertola primary school located in Vantaa, a suburb close to Helsinki, Finland. Finnish police have reported that the suspect, also a minor, has been apprehended following the incident.

The victims of the shooting were promptly taken to the hospital, as confirmed by a police spokesperson to Reuters. Details regarding their condition have yet to be disclosed.

The school, which caters to approximately 800 students ranging from first to ninth grade and employs around 90 staff members, found itself at the center of this alarming episode.

Sari Laasila, the principal of Viertola school, assured the public that "the immediate danger is over," while refraining from providing further comments on the incident.

"The day started in a shocking way. There has been a shooting incident at Viertola school in Vantaa. I can only imagine the pain and worry many families are experiencing right now. The suspected perpetrator has been caught," wrote Interior Minister Mari Rantanen on X.

This incident has sent shockwaves through the local community and the nation at large, raising concerns about school safety and the well-being of children. Incidents of this nature are relatively rare in Finland, a country known for its high standard of education and generally low levels of crime.

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