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School shootings around the world
Friday, December 14th, 2012

BOSTON, Mass. — The Connecticut shooting Friday triggers horrific memories of youth killings over the years. The Columbine attack and Virginia Tech massacre — the country’s deadliest school shooting — are among the most appalling examples.

While the United States has gained world infamy for such atrocious acts, it is not alone. Children have become the target of lone gunmen across the globe. Of recent crimes, Anders Behring Breivik's massacre in Norway in July 2011 and the murders at a Jewish school in Toulousse, France in March of this year remain clear in the consciences of those countries — and the world.

Here is a look at some of the world’s child shootings through recent history.

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Toulouse, southern France, March 19: Three children and a rabbi were shot dead at a Jewish school. The prime suspect, a Muslim extremist named Mohamed Merah, boasted of an attempt to "bring France to its knees." He jumped from a window to his death when police surrounded him. In this photo, police are carrying suspected accomplices.

(Eric Cabanis - AFP/Getty Images)
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Utoya Island, Norway, July 22, 2011: Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian right-wing extremist, killed 77 people in a lone-wolf assault against the government and young activists in Norway's deadliest attack since World War II. Here a swat team finally reaches the youth political camp retreat on Utoya Island, where survivors took cover.

(Jan Bjerkeli - AFP/Getty Images)
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 7, 2011: Twelve children, ages 10 to 13, were killed and 20 others seriously wounded when a shooter entered Tasso da Silveira Municipal School.

(Vanderlei Almeida - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting germany 2012 12 14

Winnenden, southern Germany, March 11, 2009: Flowers and candles left by mourners in front of the Albertville high school can be seen during a memorial service for the 15 victims of a rampage shooting. A 17-year-old teenager used his father's pistol to kill 15 people at the school before killing himself.

(Johannes Simon - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting azerbaijan 2012 12 14

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 30, 2009: A Georgian gunman killed 12 students and staff and wounded several others at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. Here, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lays flowers at a memorial in Baku.

(STR - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting finland 2012 12 14

Kauhajoki, Finland, Sept. 23, 2008: This screen grab shows Matti Juhani Saari pointing a gun at a camera during a video he filmed of himself and then posted on YouTube. Saari went on a rampage with a semi-automatic pistol for an hour and a half at a vocational high school, killing 10 people before shooting himself in the head. During this video, one of five posted on the Internet in the weeks before Saari opened fire on the high school, Saari declares "You will be the next to die," before firing four times close to the camera.

(AFP - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting finland vigile 2012 12 14

Students lay candles in the evening at a vocational high school in Kauhajoki, southwestern Finland, after a gunman went on a rampage on Sept. 23, 2008, killing 10 people and himself.

(Olivier Morin - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting montreal 2012 12 14

Montreal, Quebec, Sept. 13, 2006: Tearful students make phone calls following a shooting rampage at Dawson College. One student was killed and 20 injured in what was Montreal's third school shooting since 1989.

(David Boily - AFP/Getty Images)
Shooting germany help 2012 12 14

Erfurt, Germany, April 26, 2002: "Help" reads a hand-written sign hanging in a window of Gutenberg High School, where a shooter killed 16 people and then himself.

(Sascha Fromm - AFP/Getty Images)
Scotland shooting 1996

Hundreds of children's toys and cards line, on March 16, 1996 the corridors of Dunblane Primary School, where a gunman shot 16 children and a teacher on March 13, 1996.

(Stefan Rousseau - AFP/Getty Images)
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