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Girl to friend: 'I think I've got a knife in my throat'

TT/The Local/dl · 7 Feb 2012, 11:34

Published: 07 Feb 2012 11:34 GMT+01:00

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“I saw blood when I came up to her. She said, 'I think I've got a knife in my throat',” a 9-year-old friend of the victim told the Metro newspaper.

The friend at first thought the 10-year-old had a bloody nose, but soon realized her friend lying on the ground had a knife protruding from her neck.

She then saw a strange man running from the scene.

“He was wearing white trousers and a black leather jacket and had something in his mouth,” the girl told Metro.

The day after the attack, more officers are out on patrol in the neighbourhood near the Bergsgård school where the stabbing took place.

“We've boosted our presence in the area,” police spokesperson Elf Edberg told the TT news agency on Tuesday morning.

“If for no other reason than to increase the sense of security.”

Edberg refused to say, however, exactly how many additional officers were on patrol in the Hjällbo district.

The stabbing, which took place Monday morning, left the school in shock.

“Obviously it's worrisome. What's happened is just tragic,” parent Jama Abdi Qafaar told the local Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

He placed some of the blame on the inadequate security at the school.

“They should have wardens out during recess. It's too easy to get in here,” he told the paper.

Parent Paulus Esho's daughter is friends with the victim and she was out in the schoolyard at when the incident took place.

“She's really scared now. They all gathered in the school afterward and cried,” he told GP.

According to some eyewitness accounts, the girl may have found the knife on the ground and was on her way to turn it in to a teacher when the man come up from behind her.

A police source told the Aftonbladet newspaper that investigators believe the stabbing was the work of a lone, confused man.

One of several leads the police are exploring is a cigarette butt found near the scene which police hope may have DNA evidence.

Following the attack, the girl ended up at Sahlgrenska hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Lena Mattson said that the girl is in stable condition, but refused to provide any more details.

At the school, personnel and police held a joint meeting prior to students' arrival on Tuesday.

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Principal Janne Niklasson explained that school officials hoped that the children would have as normal a school day as possible.

“We're not making any changes to their schedules,” he told TT.

“What's important is that students come to school and have the chance to talk to their teachers about what happened.”

Psychologists and other student health personnel will hold talks with the students who were interviewed by police about the stabbing and plans to follow the police investigation closely.

“There was a lot of attention from the media yesterday and that's not something our students are used to dealing with,” said Niklasson, who added that he hoped members of the press would not come too close to the school, where enrolled students are between six and twelve-years-old.

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

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12:11 February 7, 2012 by jonathanjames61
If this guy is ever caught,please send him to Kirikiri maximum security prison,of if he is insane which will likely be the last issue send him to Aro international hospital,do not ask me where.
12:16 February 7, 2012 by gabeltoon
This is tragic. What on earth is happening to society. ??
12:25 February 7, 2012 by J Jack
Student's talking to teachers about what happened? What happened is no adult supervision or security to prevent what happened, no immediate lock-down of the school and neighbourhood when the crime was reported, a lethal weapon on the loose.
12:52 February 7, 2012 by Rishonim
How disturbing is that... Of course the police will never find the perpetrator. That's not their forte.
14:19 February 7, 2012 by JulieLou40
I always said when my son started school in Sweden that I was amazed at the lack of security-people being able to wander in and out of schools and their grounds unchallenged, and so on. When I asked why (as a family coming from a country where a school tragedy has already happened (Dunblane)), they didn't have sharper security, their answer was "We've never needed it". I got no answer when I replied "But when do you decide you need it-after a disaster happens"??.

I think Swedish schools are well-meaning, but extremely naive. It's time to put in stricter security. I hope the poor girl recovers and has some sort of a normal life after this.
15:37 February 7, 2012 by bobbysingh
If that guy is ever caught please send him to a jail in AFRICA instead
16:04 February 7, 2012 by knonwhite
People need not worry about unemployment...If everything goes like this, I foresee the need for a large recruitment in Swedish police force in the nearby future..
20:35 February 7, 2012 by blursd
"He was wearing white trousers and a black leather jacket and had something in his mouth,"

A description of what the person looked like, instead of what he was temporarily wearing, would be infinitely more helpful if the interest is to actually CATCH the person.
00:47 February 8, 2012 by Indignerad
@blursd: ... are you seriously blaming the kid for not getting a closer look at him?! I'm pretty sure situations like this only allow for a very rough idea of what a person looks like, especially if you're nine years old. Jesus Christ.
03:17 February 8, 2012 by jomamas
I live in Canada - we have our fair share of red-necks and crazies - but nothing like this.

We just don't really have lunatics stab random kids in the playground.

What is up with Swedes?

Could this be a 'lack of daylight' syndrome?

Swedes are a pretty intellectual and progressive bunch, what's with the lunatics?
08:06 February 8, 2012 by philster61
Scandinavia is becoming a violent place for schoolchildren... Finland school shootings. Norway mass murderers, Sweden school stabbings...... time to rethink the statistics and maybe time to do some psychological profiling
08:13 February 8, 2012 by Authentica

When I shared my concerns about the lack of security at my daughter's daycare, the employees said "nothing has ever happened". Kids were playing at the entrance, it was so easy to get in and out, etc. One day a 3 yr old wandered out of the daycare vicinity and was luckily found by a neighbour that knows his family and was brought home. It took the daycare 2 years after this incident to set an extra door knob which only a grown up can open.
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