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Student expresses regret over massacre threat

Student expresses regret over massacre threat

Published: 16 Mar 2010 13:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Mar 2010 13:23 GMT+01:00

A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with a massacre threat at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on Monday has expressed "deep regret" over his actions.

A school was closed in southern Sweden on Tuesday as a wave of copycat threats swept the country.

"He had really not expected this much attention. He has no explanation other than an expression of deep regret," the man's defence counsel Ralph Ekman told news website SvD.se.

The student's reasons for issuing the threats on an internet forum on Sunday night remained a mystery on Tuesday.

In recent years, the man has studied at Linköping University and is currently enrolled at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, but he has never attended KTH.

"I have no answer as to why the threat was directed against KTH," Ekman said, adding that his client had assured him that the threat was not serious.

Swedish police sought the help of the FBI to trace the 33-year-old from the threatening post he published on the popular US-based internet forum 4chan.org. In his post he had explained that his girlfriend had recently broken up with him and that he wanted to die.

"On Monday I plan to take my gun ... to the school and shoot as many people as I can before the police come and shoot me," he wrote.

The poster also reportedly referred to recent school massacres in Finland.

"You'll see. I will beat that Finnish bastard's record, since Swedish police do not exactly seem to be the fastest at getting to the scene."

Sweden was hit by a wave of copycat threats on Monday and Tuesday in what experts described as a typical pattern for this type of offence.

A school in Västervik was closed as a precautionary measure after threats of a shooting were forwarded by mail on Monday. The decision was taken to keep the school closed on Tuesday as police had been unable to determine the threat's source.

In northern Sweden a 14-year-old boy took dynamite and a detonator to a school in Ramsele, and a 16-year-old in Piteå admitted to threatening to take a gun to school on Tuesday. Both were released after preliminary police interviews.

Later on Monday evening, a boy threatened to use a rifle to kill pupils and staff at a school in Borås in western Sweden. The school remained open under police surveillance on Tuesday.

"This type of crime has a contagion effect which is evidently greater than with other offences," said psychiatrist Ulf Åsgård to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:21 March 16, 2010 by peropaco
Locked them up...
16:31 March 16, 2010 by sissygirl
Learn to watch your flapping mouth. Sometimes kids are angry and simply are venting their anger verbally. They need to vent in another way.
16:42 March 16, 2010 by Nemesis
Oh great, a wave of copycat idiots.
17:15 March 16, 2010 by Deema
"Sweden was hit by a wave of copycat threats on Monday and Tuesday in what experts described as a typical pattern for this type of offence"

Copycat behavior of any type is a sure typical thing over here!!!!!
17:53 March 16, 2010 by calebian22
He expressed deep regret. See he is sorry; no harm no foul. Sweden can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the system works.

"I am sorry and I will never do it again, until next time."
17:58 March 16, 2010 by peropaco
@sissygirl. lest hope next time a kid is in need to vent some anger that he come knocking in your neighborhood.
19:19 March 16, 2010 by sissygirl
peropaco: I am not defending him if you can actually read English.
20:57 March 16, 2010 by peropaco
sissygirl. Sorry pumpkin. I have devalued the argument with my poor and illusory comprehension of English. bye bye little munchkin :-))
21:05 March 16, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"Sometimes kids are angry and simply are venting their anger verbally."

This guy is 33 yrs old. Not so sure that classifies him as a "kid".

There was a student massacre in Montreal several years ago. A student went beserk and shot/killed a number of other students. It does happen so you can't take this sort of thing lightly.
21:29 March 16, 2010 by peropaco
Greg in Canada.. Carefull now,otherwise risk getting admonished for your poor English skills by sissygirl. ;-)
22:36 March 16, 2010 by wxman
OK, I'm sorry. Can I go home now?
01:57 March 17, 2010 by xenyasai
@sissygirl: Your spelling might be fine, but the way you have written it can easily be misunderstood if you read it quickly. So, maybe you should watch your English?
10:24 March 17, 2010 by idialogue
Sad thing is that, despite all of the glamour we have in Europe , this is the story if not 2nd but 3rd European. The family system is decaying and even have vanished already from some places.

Girls suddenly felt in "love" on weekend with someone else and broke out the old relation. same with guys. .. what is happing , why we took this relation like "disposal cups" or PlugnPlay ?

Think for a while what world we will leave for our children.
15:21 March 17, 2010 by sissygirl
OK the guy is an idiot! He got mad over some stupid woman/girl and posted something stupid on the internet like teenagers do. He and his girlfriend are probably back together today after the drama. Sounds like a very immature idiot. He's 33 years old and has a profile for anime fans, you know all that Japanese cartoon stuff. Kids we call "emos" do this stuff. Making the threats he posted is the type of stupid emo stuff KIDS do. The guy should be held in custody until he GROWS UP.
19:15 March 18, 2010 by Greg in Canada
',otherwise risk getting admonished for your poor English skills"

Of course I've got poor English skills. I'm a Canuk aren't I. :-)
17:07 March 19, 2010 by sissygirl
Greg in Canada: Nah, your skills are fine. You just have a funny accent. (I am being a smartass. I am a Souuuuthernor."
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