Pupil Kills Teacher in Estonian School Shooting, Police Says

A pupil shot and killed a teacher at an elementary school in the southern Estonian town of Viljandi before being detained, the police said.

The shooting in the Paalalinna school happened during class, police said in an e-mailed statement. No one else was injured in the incident, with students and teachers evacuated into the school hall, it said.

The shooter was a 15-year-old male pupil, Postimees newspaper reported, citing an unidentified police spokesman. Police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson couldn’t confirm the age of the suspect when contacted by phone.

The shooting “is a shock to us all,” Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said in an e-mailed statement. “Violence is never an acceptable solution. These things can’t happen. We all have the responsibility to notice people in our vicinity who need help with their problems.”

Estonia, which regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and has been a member of the European Union and NATO since 2004, hadn’t had any deadly school shootings until now, Harson said.

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