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Tampere court remands student over firearm, threats at school

Staff at the college in Kangasala near Tampere seized the teen's backpack containing a weapon and alerted police.

Tredu Kangasala
The suspect was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Image: Matias Väänänen / Yle

Pirkanmaa District Court on Friday remanded a student into custody for allegedly bringing a gun to an educational institution. The 16-year-old was remanded on suspicion of theft and firearms offences and referred for a psychiatric evaluation.

The Central Finland Police Department received a call on Tuesday afternoon about an incident at the Tredu vocational college in Kangasala, a municipality east of Tampere. At the time, school officials informed police that they had taken the backpack containing a weapon from a student.

The suspect had been carrying a firearm as well as an air rifle. According to police the student also had material that could be used to start a fire, had issued verbal threats and had shown the contents of the backpack to staff. At that point, they took away the bag and alerted police.

The suspect’s lawyer, Kaarle Gummerus, told tabloid daily Ilta-Sanomat that the defence has requested a psychiatric evaluation.

Lead investigator detective chief inspector Jari Kinnunen said that the court accepted the request and ordered the psychiatric assessment. Other aspects of the remand hearing have been sealed.

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