not scared,” Wolf said. “But Winnenden made me question the adolescent
generation and how something like this is possible. But one thing is certain –
there is hardly anything you can do to prevent people from running amok.”
is of the same opinion.
will always be massacres like Winnenden, no matter how they change the law or
what they do,” he said.
Anne Stolpe, 18, of Wallen, attends the public Gymnasium in Meschede and
concedes that maybe more security could have prevented the shooting.
in Germany, schools don’t have as much security as in the U.S. and maybe that
made it easier,” Stolpe said, for Kretschmer
to go on his spree.
Stolpe said schools shouldn’t be under constant surveillance through video
cameras or the like. Instead, she said, there should be “more school
psychologists to deal with the outsiders and actually take their problems
clear that the teachers themselves cannot do very much more in terms of dealing
with possible perpetrators, said König, whose parents both are teachers.
would be hard for teachers to recognize problematic cases and take care of them
because they lack both the time and the right qualifications,” said König. “They
have so many students throughout the day and can’t look inside their heads. If
even the parents cannot see it coming, what are the teachers supposed to do?”
teachers can do, students said, is talk about what happened in Winnenden in
was disappointed that none of her teachers raised the topic.
should be talking about it because no school can claim that something like that
would not happen to them,” said Köster. “It could happen anywhere. Teachers
should talk about how we can react when people run amok.”
on the other hand, talked about the rampage in class and was happy to have done
discussed the shooting and it helped me to sort my thoughts and deal with what
happened,” Stolpe said.
However, Stolpe said, talking about alternatives to violence is not the
teachers’ obligation but a discussion that should be had at home.
problem is,” Stolpe said, “that many parents obviously don’t do that.”
Another heavily discussed topic is the use of violent computer games.
is in favor of forbidding them because “playing violent computer games is very
widely spread, especially with boys.”
however, thinks that the computer games actually help adolescents to reduce
their aggression rather than to build it up.
course those games can lead to a lost sense of reality, but I don’t think that
they alone trigger a rampage,” Stolpe said.
Although König. Stolpe and Köster are aware of the problems and were shocked by
the Winnenden shooting, none of them is actually scared of going to school.
don’t really think about it much because thinking about it doesn’t help,” said
König. “Theoretically such a rampage could happen here, but there is nothing I
can really do to stop it. I mean, what am I supposed to do, quit school? That
would be the only way to be completely safe.”
is of a similar opinion.
on the back of my mind all the time but I suppress the thoughts,” Stolpe said.
“Most of us feel immune, I think, as if something like that wouldn’t happen
here, at our school.”
Stolpe admitted she has thought about who at her school might actually be
capable of violence.
have only really heard of something like that happening in Germany twice – once
seven years ago in Erfurt and now in Winnenden. I don’t think anyone here could
actually do something like that. I don’t really think about the possibility of a
rampage here at all,” Köster said.
and Köster said the only thing they can do is to be more attentive.
hard for the school officials to figure out who truly is a threat and who is
just bluffing,” said Stolpe. “There are outsiders everywhere and people who are
bullied by others – whom do we take seriously and whom do we not?”
Perhaps, Köster said, “paying more attention to outsiders and putting a stop to
bullying might prevent something like this from happening again.”