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What You Should Know / November 18, 2009

france-school-shooting1 -- A 13-year-old French boy set out to mow down his teachers with a shotgun but abandoned the plan when he arrived at the school and found it surrounded by police, officials say.The boy's parents raised the alarm when they realised he had taken the family gun from their house near Beauvais, north of Paris, and was headed to his school in Beauvais itself, officials said.The teenager was in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and admitted his homicidal intentions during an interview, Beauvais prosecutor James Juan said in a statement.He wanted "to attack his teachers who quarrelled with him even though he had done nothing (wrong)," Juan said.The boy, said to be a video game enthusiast, had on Monday left a message on his blog stating that "this is the last day of my life."

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  • 1. z  |  November 18th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    you know, this is why it’s such a great luck, that here in Europe only very few people (read idiots) own guns.

  • 2. Machine Code  |  November 18th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    “The boy, said to be a video game enthusiast,”

    Good to see the media getting right to the root of the issue as usual.

  • 3. captain america  |  November 18th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    my coworkers, liberal nihilists of more or less the same moral fiber as the exiled staff and fanbase, were sitting around one day discussing what they’ll do when society finally really, really breaks down. home invasions to steal food and whatever other supplies they might need were high on the list. however, they pointed out that they would leave me alone because they know i’m armed and would have no problem with shooting an intruder. so, that was kind of nice.

  • 4. Irish Farmer  |  November 18th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Because most Europeans are townie idiots who can’t handle them?

  • 5. OMFUG  |  November 18th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    So you’re covering near misses now, Ames, ypo you one-trick nitwit? You are the H.L. Mencken of Google Alerts journalism–pack it in and get a job at UPS!

  • 6. Jure  |  November 19th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    why is it so important for the news folks to always include (if not try to connect) videogames when this stuff happens????

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