Teacher, Boy Killed in Sword Attack on School

Attacker is in hospital after he was shot by police
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2015 6:52 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2015 8:11 AM CDT
1 Dead, Several Injured in Sword Attack on School
A crowd gathers outside as emergency workers attend the scene of a sword attack by a masked man at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, Sweden, on Thursday.   (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT via AP)

A teacher and a student were killed and another student and teacher were seriously injured in a sword attack at a school in the Swedish town of Trollhattan on Thursday, before the assailant was shot by police and taken to a hospital. Police say a masked man in his 20s used "several knife-like objects" as weapons in the cafe area of the Kronan school around 10am, per the Local and CNN. Two boys, 11 and 15, suffered serious stab wounds; one of them died later in the hospital, while the teacher died at the scene, per the BBC. A hospital rep adds the attacker "is seriously injured and is being operated on." The scene outside the school is still chaotic, where "parents are running around to find their children," says a witness. "I can't understand why it happened here."

A student tells the Local, "I was in a classroom with my class when one of my classmates' sisters called her to warn her that there was a murderer at the school." He says he and a few others left the classroom to warn their teacher, who was in the hallway. "Then I saw the murderer, he was wearing a mask and had a sword. Our teacher got stabbed," he says. "The murderer started chasing me, I ran into another classroom. If I had not run, I would have been murdered." Earlier in the day, the school held a meeting based on teachers' concerns that anyone could gain access to the school through the entrance to the cafe, which is reportedly attached to the school and is meant for adults, per CBS News. There are about 400 students at the school, aged 6 to 15. (More Sweden stories.)

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