What is the best way to process a traumatic experience? Many students in Heidelberg wish for a fixed place of mourning after a killing spree.
Heidelberg – After the killing spree at the university in Heidelberg, a permanent memorial could be created there.
“We are thinking about establishing a permanent place of mourning on campus,” said the chairman of the student body, Peter Abelmann, of the “Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung” in Heidelberg.
Abelmann told the newspaper that there was a desire for the crime to be processed. Many students also wished for a permanent place of mourning. But there must also be permanent support offers for the students, for many it is the first traumatic experience in their lives. “And some will remain traumatized. We won’t be able to push the whole thing aside so quickly,” said Abelmann.
Nevertheless, the student representative continued to plead for an open university in Heidelberg. That such an act would shake the entire academic institution is nothing one can imagine and nothing one wants. “We cannot stop living because of this. We have to keep going.”
An 18-year-old student shot other students several times in a university lecture hall on Monday. A 23-year-old student died as a result of a shot in the head, three other people were injured. After the crime, the 18-year-old killed himself. dpa