Classroom horror: recent school slayings worldwide
The following are the worst mass killings in schools and universities around the world over the past five years, after 15 were killed on Wednesday at a school in Germany.
The list does not include deaths resulting from guerrilla actions, such as the slaughter of 186 children and 146 adults at a school in Beslan, Russia in September 2004.
- March 11, 2009 - Germany - 10.
Nine students, three teachers and three passers-by are killed in a school shooting in southern Germany by a former pupil who is then shot dead by police.
- September, 2008 - Finland - 11.
Eleven people, including the gunman, die in a massacre at a training school at Kauhajoki, Finland.
- November 2007 - Finland: nine
An 18-year-old student opens fire in a school in southern Finland, killing five boys, two girls and the headmistress before turning his gun on himself.
- April 2007: United States: 33
A South Korean student kills 32 people on his campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He then kills himself.
- March 2005 - United States: 10
A 16-year-old boy kills two people at his home in Minnesota, then goes to his school where he kills five fellow students, a teacher, a security guard and himself.