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Troubled Teen Age German Girl Halted In Time!

Tanja Otto is a dark haired attractive sixteen year old German girl who attends a high school near Bonn. A fellow student happened to enter the girl’s bathroom when she stumbled on Otto getting ready to launch an attack on students and teachers in the school. Tanja lunged at the girl and severed her thumb with a knife before fleeing from the school in a desperate effort to either kill herself or carry out plans for violence. She was either captured by police or turned herself in, but when police checked her rucksack they discovered: several knives, a tear gas pistol, 10 Molotov cocktails, a flame thrower and some gunpowder. The parcel also has a suicide note from the troubled young girl.

It appears last week, Otto threatened to attack the school although teachers described her as a “good student.” Of course, in many cases of such attacks the student is described as good in academic studies. Right now, the main concern of authorities is fear that Tanja may try to commit suicide.

The unanswered question is how any student could carry into the school the arsenal of weapons found in the rucksack of Ms. Otto. Didn’t anyone notice she was carrying a rather large load for a student who only had some books to carry? The good news is no one is dead, including Ms. Otto.

Gun Control Controversy Over Finnish School Shootings

A 22 year old man entered a Finnish vocational school and began blasting away until he killed eleven students and wounded several others. He was dressed in black and wore a ski-mask as he walked into the school carrying a large bag. After completing the carnage of death, MattiJuhani Saari shot himself in the head. During the shooting he inadvertently initiated a fire that most probably led to one of the deaths. The day before he opened fire on students, Mr. Saari had been summoned to police headquarters after the police came across a video on the Internet in which he is shown firing a pistol. The gun man proved he had a legal right to the weapon and was allowed to go free.

The shooting is the second in two years in which a gun man entered a high school and killed several students. A special session of Parliament is being called to examine the situation and rethink the need for tighter laws on gun possession. Fortunately, Finland does not have any reference in its Constitution about owning or not owning guns.

Fewer High School Graduates Recruited For Military

The percentage of Army recruits with at least a high school diploma dropped again last year continuing a trend that has worsened since the start of the Iraq war. National Priorities Project, a research group that analyzes federal data, found that nearly 71% of Army recruits graduated from high school in the 2007 budget year. All troops must have a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. In some cases the Army has paid for some recruits to take GED preparation courses and the test. The Army’s goal has been 90% high school diploma graduates, but this has not been achieved since 2004. The National Priorities Project noted the percentage of “high quality” recruits–those with high school diploma who scored in the top half on the military’s qualification test– delcined from budget years 2004-2007. In that period the number of high-quality recruits fell from about 61% to nealry 45%.

Graduation figures in themselves need not attest to the quality of an individual’s performance in the military, but the figures revealed by latest data indicate that increasngly the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are being fought by those who come from lower economic groups in American society.