German girl on trial for attempted school firebombing

28th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The girl is alleged to have stormed her secondary school in Sankt Augustin near Bonn on May 11 brandishing an arsenal including Molotov cocktails.

Berlin -- A 16-year-old German girl went on trial Tuesday accused of trying to firebomb her school last May and attacking a fellow pupil with a sword.

The girl is alleged to have stormed her secondary school in Sankt Augustin near Bonn on May 11 brandishing an arsenal including Molotov cocktails.

While allegedly preparing her attack in the school toilets, she was disturbed by a 17-year-old fellow pupil, whom she hacked at with the sword, prosecutors say.

A teacher then raised the alarm and armed commandos specially trained to deal with a school massacre rushed to the scene and the 800 students were told over the school's loudspeakers to lock the doors and lie on the floor.

The 16-year-old fled. Late the same day she gave herself up to police at Cologne's main train station.

The defendant, who has not been named and is being tried behind closed doors because of her age, is charged with attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm and preparing explosives.

The incident came two months after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer sent shock waves through Germany when he shot dead nine pupils and three teachers at his old school in Winnenden, and then three passers-by.

A verdict is expected on November 24.

AFP/Expatica

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