Massacre revives ugly memories in Germany

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17 April 2007, Erfurt, Germany (dpa) - The Virginia Tech massacre revived ugly memories Tuesday among students and teachers at a German secondary school where a youth killed 16 people and himself five years ago. "In moments like this, it all comes straight back to you," said Christiane Alt, principal of Gutenberg Gymnasium (academic high) school in the eastern German city of Erfurt. Many teachers and pupils were upset by the TV images coming in from the United States. "When we see those images from Virgini

17 April 2007

Erfurt, Germany (dpa) - The Virginia Tech massacre revived ugly memories Tuesday among students and teachers at a German secondary school where a youth killed 16 people and himself five years ago.

"In moments like this, it all comes straight back to you," said Christiane Alt, principal of Gutenberg Gymnasium (academic high) school in the eastern German city of Erfurt. Many teachers and pupils were upset by the TV images coming in from the United States.

"When we see those images from Virginia, the memory of what happened here comes back in a flash," said Alt.

Most of the faculty and the current 10th, 11th and 12th-graders at the Erfurt school were at the site in 2002 when an armed former pupil went from room to room, shooting at staff, pupils and police.

The school is set to hold a memorial service later this month, on April 26, with civic and state leaders and former pupils to commemorate the Erfurt dead.

There have been no reports that any of the German students attending Virginia Tech were injured in Monday's shooting spree.

The Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD), south of Frankfurt, said it had so far heard back from six of its students who are on an exchange at the college in Blacksburg, Virginia under a school-to- school scheme running since 2004.

"As far as we know they are all safe," said TUD spokesman Joerg Feuck. "Some of them have already contacted us by e-mail."

DPA

Subject: German news

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