Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

FOCUS

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

Read more

ENCORE!

How a comedy dud became one of France's biggest box office hits

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya: Clashes at anti-government rally in Nairobi

Read more

WEB NEWS

ISIS leader challenged over expensive-looking wristwatch

Read more

  • Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Israel pummels Gaza in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • China’s first Tour de France cyclist chases his dream

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

  • Typhoon Neoguri turns deadly as it batters Japanese islands

    Read more

France

Police foil schoolboy's massacre plot

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-18

Police in the French town of Beauvais foiled a 13-year-old French student's plan to kill teachers and himself in a shooting spree. The schoolboy's parents warned the police after discovering the plot on his blog.

AFP - A 13-year-old French boy set out Tuesday to mow down his teachers with a shotgun but abandoned the plan when he arrived at the school and found it surrounded by police, officials said.

The boy's parents raised the alarm when they realised he had taken the family gun from their house near Beauvais, north of Paris, and was headed to his school in Beauvais itself, officials said.

The teenager was in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and admitted his homicidal intentions during an interview, Beauvais prosecutor James Juan said in a statement.
   
He wanted "to attack his teachers who quarrelled with him even though he had done nothing (wrong)," Juan said.
   
The boy, said to be a video game enthusiast, had on Monday left a message on his blog stating that "this is the last day of my life."   
   
"He left his home with a loaded hunting rifle and 25 cartridges," said senior local official Raymond Yeddou. "He went in the direction of the school where, according to his declarations, he intended to kill his teachers."
   
But when he saw a major police presence in front of and inside the school he abandoned his plan and instead headed to a cyber cafe in Beauvais town centre where his parents later found him.
   
Police warned the head of the 2,000-pupil Saint Esprit school to keep his students confined to their classrooms as the drama unfolded.
   
Yeddou stressed that the boy never managed to get into the school and students were not in danger at any point.
   
The alarm was raised at 8:15 am (0715 GMT) by the boy's parents, who had become concerned by his unusual behaviour and searched their house, finding the gun and ammunition gone.
   
"His parents were worried when they saw him leave the house very early, around 7:00 am. He did not seem to be his usual self," a source close to the investigation said.
   
Though generally a good student, the source said, the boy has recently had problems at school and was worried about a parent-teacher meeting due on Tuesday.
   
The Beauvais prosecutor said the boy wanted to stop the meeting at the academically high-achieving school from going ahead.
   
Dominique Moutin, the head of the school, said nothing in the boy's behaviour suggested Tuesday's events were likely.
   
The incident occurred with schools and universities in the United States, Germany and Finland having all seen massacres in recent years.
   
A year and a half ago in the Rhone area of eastern France, a 15-year-old planned to attack a group of boys who were bullying him at school, and stabbed three of them with a kitchen knife.

Date created : 2009-11-17

Comments

COMMENT(S)