In a forest close to Lahr, German police have discovered the body of a college student who had threatened to gun down his fellow pupils. The 18-year-old had apparently committed suicide. The young man’s threat prompted a major alert across the Baden Wurtemburg region, with some colleges closing down and others only opening under police protection.
He’d made the vow to kill students at Offenburg technical college while playing the online network game “Counterstike”, and the incident has reawoken the debate on the influence of such violent video games – a youth who opened fire on a Further Education college in Lower Saxony last month had also left a message in the Counterstrike chatroom forewarning of his attack. He injured 37 people before killing himself – prompting some states to prepare legislation that would ban the sale of violent video games to under 18s.