Posts tagged ‘ansbach’

April 30, 2010

Notorious Bavarian school assassin gets nine years in prison

Would-be school assassin Georg R. at his sentencing in Ansbach today

IT WAS GOING TO be the crime of the century. 18-year-old Georg R. had studied previous school massacres, particularly Columbine and Germany’s Erfurt bloodbath of 2002, in detail. All he wondered was: “Why not wipe out the entire school?” His plan: burn his high school to the ground, “roast children,” and kill as many teachers – “these maggots,” as he called them – in the process. He himself would die in a glorious shower of police bullets and become a media legend, inspiring similar assaults in the future. If Georg ultimately failed in this project, it was not due to poor planning on his part but to the efficiency of the German police.

Georg planned his deed down to the smallest detail…


September 21, 2009

“Apocalypse Today”: Update on the German school attack in Ansbach

Would-be school assassin Georg R.

Would-be school assassin Georg R.

LAST THURSDAY I PUBLISHED an article in this space on a particularly vicious school attack that had just occurred in the picturesque Bavarian town of Ansbach. Eighteen year-old Georg R. entered his high school at 8:30 that morning  carrying an axe, Molotov cocktails, and knives, and began a systematic attack on his fellow students before being stopped by police. Since then, new information has come to light and it is gradually becoming possible to reconstruct the crime and identify the perpetrator’s motives.

It turns out that Georg was much more heavily armed than previously believed. According to state prosecutor Gudrun Lehnberger, the young man had equipped himself with a total of five Molotov cocktails, four of which he lit during the attack. He had three regular fixed-blade knives and one butterfly knife strapped to his waist. His axe had a sixteen inch-long handle. Upon entering the building, Georg began walking down the corridor, lobbing the Molotov cocktails into classrooms and attacking everyone in his way with the knives and axe. He injured a total of ten persons: nine students and one teacher. One girl underwent a seven hour-long operation in a Nuremberg clinic for axe wounds to the head. She is now out of danger.

Overall, it seems as if the response by both the school and the Ansbach police was exemplary. One of the students, a volunteer fireman, reported the attack the moment it began via Twitter and immediately extinguished one of the blazes. Students and teachers provided first aid to the injured until the emergency services could take over. Local police were on the scene in record time. Nevertheless, the Bavarian police are demanding an early warning system for the state’s school system so that such attacks can be halted even earlier – and, ideally, prevented in the first place. …


September 17, 2009

New school attack has Germans asking why

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The “Gymnasium Carolinum” in Ansbach, Bavaria
(Source: BILD)

THE HEADLINE IS SICKENINGLY familiar. “Student attacks school,” the newspapers scream. Once again, violence has erupted on a German school campus. Not for the first time – and surely not for the last.

Police in the Bavarian town of Ansbach report that on the morning of September 17, 2009, the third day of class following summer break. An eighteen year-old male student called Georg R. approached his school armed with Molotov cocktails, knives, and an axe. He first chopped his way through the door with the axe and then proceeded to hurl two of the incendiary devices at fellow students and teachers before special police units arrived on the scene minutes later and shot him in the chest, wounding him severely. A total of ten persons were injured. Two girls suffered severe burns to the head and were evacuated by helicopter. The student, who was described by his classmates as a “loner,” will be charged with attempted murder. There is no further word yet on his identity or motives.

Events of this kind always lead to profound soul-searching. This time people might search even harder, since this school hardly fits the profile of a killing field. But is that not always the case in Germany? The “Gymnasium Carolinum” is the second-oldest public high school in Bavaria. As a so-called Gymnasium, it represents the upper tier of the three-tiered German secondary school system. It is an elite institution dating back to 1528. It moved into its current location in 1736. Ansbach itself is one of Bavaria’s loveliest and most historic towns – a town that now, sadly, has one more claim to fame.

Back in March of 2009, another murder fantasy became a reality…