Community struggles to overcome shooting tragedy

Students and teachers at the Finnish school where ten students were killed on Tuesday are finding it difficult to come to terms with the tragedy. The close-knit community is drawing on all its resources to overcome the grief.



In Finland, the Western town of Kauhajoki is in mourning. Ten students were killed there on Tuesday, when a 22-year-old gunman went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself. Police have questioned more than 30 people, including two students who escaped from the classroom.



Students and teachers alike are having a difficult time coming to terms with the tragedy.


The Finnish police have taken extra steps to support the victim’s families and all those in need of help by calling upon a priest.


“It’s a very Christian surrounding, and they have their faith. Yesterday evening with the families I have heard fathers saying that ‘we had a wonderful daughter. She was lovely, full of life. Now it’s over and we have to accept it’”, says priest Kaj Heikura, who works for the police.


But some can’t accept how guns are affecting their lives.“For people to own handguns, in particular just to have in their cars, and that we just accept it…well no, I can’t do that”, laments Chris, a basketball coach.


Several kilometres away, a gun shop has drawn its blinds…too much media pressure.The Finnish prime minister has announced a toughening up of gun laws.

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