Erfurt school re-opens 3 years after massacre

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29 August 2005, ERFURT, GERMANY - A high school in eastern German that was the site of a student massacre in 2002 that claimed 17 lives re- opened Monday with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder saying the tragedy "brought Germans together".

29 August 2005

ERFURT, GERMANY - A high school in eastern German that was the site of a student massacre in 2002 that claimed 17 lives re- opened Monday with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder saying the tragedy "brought Germans together".

Speaking at re-dedication ceremonies at Gutenberg high school in Erfurt, the chancellor said the massacre in April 2002 must serve as a beacon of warning for the future.

"We will never comprehend the tragedy that occurred here," Schroeder told a gathering of dignitaries, students and teachers.

"But we will learn from this tragedy and, working together as we have in the weeks, months and years since the tragedy, we will find a way to prevent anything like this from happening again."

Gutenberg high school was the site of Germany's worst-ever school massacre. It was there, in April 2002 that a 19-year-old student took revenge on teachers and fellow students for having failed to get his graduation diploma. Armed with handguns and rifles, he killed 16 people before turning a gun on himself.

The school, closed since the incident, has been renovated at a cost of more than EUR 8 million.

DPA

Subject: German news

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