The 13-year-old is suspected of having been present in the incident at the Blankenese district school, police said in Hamburg on Thursday. That’s why the apartment where the 13-year-old lives was searched on Wednesday evening. The public prosecutor’s office had obtained a corresponding search warrant. A third toy gun was also found there. A total of five boys have now been arrested by the police and processed for identification purposes. Following the police measures, they were handed over to the care of their legal guardians.
Teachers at two schools threatened
On Wednesday morning, two boys threatened a teacher with some kind of weapon in a classroom at a district school in Blankenese, triggering a large-scale police operation. It was only after four hours that the emergency services were able to give the all-clear. In the afternoon there was another alarm about a threat situation at the Mendelssohnstrasse school in the Bahrenfeld district. An educational force there was threatened. A short time later, plainclothes police investigators were able to arrest four boys there, an 11-year-old, two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old. Two toy guns were also seized from them. Initially, the police said the 11-year-old was a 13-year-old. One of the 12-year-olds and the 13-year-old who was later arrested are suspected of being responsible for the threat in Blankenese.
Major police operation in Blankenese
According to the police, a teacher in an 8th grade classroom at the Blankenese district school on Frahmstrasse was threatened with a gun by two young people or children on Wednesday morning. The two boys are said to have aimed at the teacher. According to police, they then left the classroom and fled in an unknown direction. It is still unclear whether these are students from the Blankenese district school. The school principal alerted the police after the incident. He called on children, young people and teachers to lock themselves in the classrooms. A large police force searched the school. Armed emergency services combed room by room and escorted students out of the buildings. A total of 400 police officers were on duty. A police helicopter circled over the scene for hours.
“A few started crying”
The people who were still in the building were taken to a collection point. Many worried parents were already waiting at the assembly point set up at the Reich President Ebert Barracks. “I was in a meeting and got the call from my daughter crying,” said one father. The teacher organized karaoke with the children to distract them. One student described how she was in the music room when the announcement came to lock herself in and stay quiet. “A few people just started crying,” she said after being welcomed by her father.
Slightly different lessons the day after
There are around 1,150 students and more than 120 teachers at the Blankenese district school. Classes resumed there on Thursday morning. At 10 a.m. the students gathered in their classes. According to the school authorities, the children and young people were also looked after and advised by the crisis intervention team and school psychologists from the regional education and advice center. In this respect, it was “certainly not a ‘normal’ teaching day, but rather shaped by yesterday’s events,” said an authority spokesman.
School Senator thanks the staff, school management and police
School Senator Ties Rabe (SPD) thanked the staff, school management and police for their careful and professional actions. It was a very stressful situation for everyone that still had to be processed, he said on Thursday after getting an idea of the situation on site. “I am deeply impressed by how thoughtfully the teachers at the Blankenese district school took responsibility for their students in a very difficult situation and organized the grueling wait in the locked classrooms in such a way that the children and young people were as comfortable as possible felt safe,” said the senator. It is still too early to draw any concrete conclusions from what happened. First we would have to wait for the results of further investigations.
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