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In a school shooting in Helsinki suburbs, three children injured and 12-year-old suspect arrested in Finland

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, a 12-year-old suspect opened fire on three children of the same age at a school in Vantaa, north of Helsinki. The shootings took place in a classroom and parents were notified and went to the school to be with their children. The suspect was apprehended by police shortly after the incident at a school that caters to students aged 7 to 15.

According to police, the suspect was arrested peacefully in Helsinki and was found to be in possession of a firearm. The injured children and suspect were all 12 years old. A crisis unit has been set up by school and municipal staff to support those affected by the incident. Interior Minister Mari Rantanen expressed empathy for the families involved in the shooting, calling the day a shocking start.

This incident is a reminder of similar tragedies that Finland has experienced in the past. The country saw two similar incidents in the early 2000s, highlighting the need for continued efforts to prevent such violence. The community is coming together to support those affected by the shooting and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to prevent future incidents.

By Samantha Jones

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