2 teachers killed in high school in Sweden, a student arrested

Two teachers were killed by a student at a high school in southern Sweden, police said on Tuesday. The student, 18, was arrested at the scene on Monday in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city. The victims were two teachers in their 50s, police said.

The suspect was not previously known to police and had no criminal record and police have not disclosed how the teachers were killed. A motive has not been established.

People mourn outside the Malmo Latin School the day after two women died, in Malmo
People cry outside the Malmö Latin School, the day after two women died of “violence”, according to police, in Malmö, Sweden, March 22, 2022.

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“At the moment it is far too early to comment on this,” Malmö police chief Petra Stenkula told a press conference.

She said officers arrived and found the suspect and two victims on the third floor of the Latin school in Malmö city center 10 minutes after being alerted, adding the situation was then “under control”.

Stenkula did not confirm a report by the Aftonbladet newspaper, saying the student himself called authorities to say he had killed two people, laid down his weapons and was on the third floor.

Agence France-Presse, citing Swedish media, said the suspect was armed with a knife and an axe.

After the first reports of shouting in the school, “we had more information indicating that a serious crime was being committed and that violence was occurring in the school,” the porter told AFP. police word, Nils Norling.

“The first on-site police patrol were able to arrive at the school and arrest a male suspect. They were also able to see that there were two injured people inside the school,” he said. declared in front of the building.

Police have made “seizures” and a forensic examination will “give us a better understanding of what happened”, Chief Stenkula said, adding to authorities that they “have no information” that there would have been other injuries.

Police said they were called at 5:12 p.m. Monday. Dozens of ambulances and patrol cars rushed to the school and armed police were seen entering the building, which was cordoned off.

Pupils at the school, which has around 1,100 pupils, had gathered to work on a musical and the pupils locked them in the classrooms.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said she reacted “with sadness and dismay” to the killings, according to Swedish news agency TT.

“Now the police and the prosecutors will find out what happened, so that the person behind it will be held accountable for their actions,” Andersson said, according to Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten,

All classes were suspended on Tuesday and the school was closed, the Malmo Latin School wrote on its website.

The murders took place in a modern annex of the school, which was founded in 1406 when the pope issued a letter of privilege authorizing its construction and operation. It was originally intended to educate local youth on Christian doctrine and the Latin language.

In January, a 16-year-old boy was arrested after injuring a pupil and a teacher in the town of Kristianstad, also in southern Sweden, AFP reported. The case had been linked to a similar attack in August in the town of Eslov, around 30 miles away, when a student attacked a 45-year-old school worker.

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