French school shooting: ‘heroic’ headmaster among injured after ‘weapon-obsessed’ student with grenades and guns opens fire

A member of special Police unit RAID outside the Tocqueville high school after a shooting incident injuring at least eight people, in Grasse CREDIT: ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

A 17-year student has been arrested after opening fire in an A-level college in Grasse on the French Riviera, injuring 14 and prompting the government to briefly issue a terror warning.

The student, carrying two hand guns, a hunting rifle and two “training” grenades, entered the Alexis de Tocqueville A-level college and opened fire on Thursday morning.

France’s education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, lauded the school’s “heroic” headmaster, among four people injured in the attack, and who “rushed towards the student to try and reason with him”.

Thanks to his actions, “we escaped the worst,” she said.

Ms Vallaud-Belkacem described the attack as “the mad act of a fragile, weapon-obsessed young man”. A few days ago he had reportedly sent classmates a morbid picture of students covered in blood on their group Facebook page, but later said it was a joke.

He also posted a Facebook video of himself with a gas and clown mask with a gun to his head.

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Source By http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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