In a quiet snowy forest a teenager plays with some apples....
And then goes on to kill nine people including himself.
Then because this NEVER happens in Finland everyone wants to know WHY?
Was it because he was bullied?
Or was it the weather?
At this time of year it is sunk in almost permanent half-light and Finnish families count the days to their winter holidays when they can flee to the bright sunlight of south-east Asian resorts.
Clinical depression is high, the suicide rate too. But above all the Nordic winter isolates the young in the small towns: they arrive at school in the dark and leave it in the dark, travelling long distances to their homes. Friendship in the traditional sense is often a summer luxury.
Or the isolation.
And so friendship becomes virtual......in Finland the high-tech world has become a normal, rather than an exceptional, substitute for the world of human contact. A youth isolated at school sinks even deeper into isolation when he has left the school gates: a recipe for trouble....
Or the fact that a 15-year-old can buy a gun so easily. .
As for the killer...
Here's what he had to say...six months before he opened fire....
Sad. But so familiar. I've heard it all before. In the court of Eric Harris...the Columbine Killer.
Just like he did.
Weird song though.
Bullying, teenage anger, and guns make a really deadly mix.
And unless more is done to deal with those problems.
The killing will go on and on...