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HISTORY OF VIOLENCE; Slaughter of innocents which shocked world.

Byline: ALANA FEARON

AMERICA has been left reeling again after another gunman went on the rampage on a school campus and shot dead a police officer before turning the gun on himself.

Thursday's bloodbath happened at the same Virginia Tech facility where 33 people were massacred in 2007.

Schools and university campuses have been the scene of some of the worst gun atrocities in history, not only in the US but across the world.

The worst school massacre of all time took place in Russia on September 1, 2004, when Cechen rebels took more than 1,100 people hostage at School Number 1 in Beslan.

After the third day of a terrifying standoff, Russian forces stormed the building but their reaction triggered the rebels to set off explosives and a gunbattle ensued.

Heartbreakingly, 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children, in the bloodiest school massacre in living memory.

By far the deadliest mass killing in US history took place in the sleepy town of Bath, Michigan, in 1927.

There, an angry school board member named Andrew Kehoe blew up the town's school, killing 45 and wounding 58.

Most of the victims were nursery tots to sixth grade students.

A second explosion killed Kehoe and the school superintendent.

Exactly 80 years later, a student gunman in Blacksburg, Virginia, went on a killing spree that left 32 dead and 25 wounded.

Seung-Hui Cho shot himself dead after he rampaged through Virginia Tech dorms and a nearby classroom on August 16, 2007.

Five years before the sickening gun massacre, 18 people were left dead when a former pupil who had been expelled went on a r shooting spree at his school in the eastern German city of Erfurt.

Masked and dressed in black, the gunman walked through classrooms killing 14 teachers, two schoolgirls and one of the first policemen on the scene before taking his own life.

Only his eyes were visible to his terrified victims.

Pupils of the Gutenberg School spent four hours trapped inside before police could declare the building safe.

The April 2002 massacre as described as "beyond the powers of the imagination".

It was the worst school massacre in Europe since the March 1996 shooting in Dunblane, Scotland, when a deranged gunman killed 16 children, a teacher and himself.

Thomas Hamilton went on a killing spree in the primary school gym and sprayed shots at random at defenceless five and six year-olds.

As his victims lay dead and dying, Hamilton turned the gun on himself.

Another town in the US was left inconsolable when two crazed gunmen went on the rampage in a high school, firing guns and throwing homemade bombs.

The schoolboy killers stormed through Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado, leaving 13 dead and 22 injured in their wake.

The gunmen then shot themselves and their bodies were found in the school library on April, 20, 1999. The pair were said to have belonged to a group known as the "trench coat mafia" who boasted about owning guns and were alienated from the other children.

In March 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Weise inexplicably shot dead his grandfather and a friend before heading to his school where he slaughtered another seven innocent victims.

The bloodbath in Red Lake, Minnesota, only ended when he turned the gun on himself.

It was the deadliest school massacre in the US since the Columbine massacre.

A year later, on October 2, 2006, a heartless gunman shot 10 Amish schoolgirls in a one-room schoolhouse, killing six.

Milkman Charles Carl Roberts IV ushered 15 boys, a pregnant woman and another woman with three infants out of the building, then he tied up the girls, aged between 6 and 15, and shot 10 of them.

The deranged gunman then shot himself when police stormed the building in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.

Two young schoolboys, aged 11 and 13, turned gunmen in March 1998 in Jonesboro in Arkansas and gunned down 15 terrified victims.

A teacher and four of the students died in the attack at Westside Middle School.

Andrew Golden, 11, and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson, were said to have an obsession with guns and often bragged to their schoolmates that they would shoot people.

And on July 22 this year right wing nut Anders Breivik set a car bomb off in Oslo, Norway, killing eight people.

He then used the mayhem to murder 69 people gathered for a youth camp on Utoya Island. He then gave himself up.

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ANXIOUS Parents wait in Dunblane GRIM More than 380 died in Beslan CRAZED Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton DERANGED Anders Behring, who killed 69 people on the Norwegian island of Utoya, above MAYHEM Virginia Tech on Thursday TERROR Viginia Tech Campus TWISTED Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold caught on CCTV during the Colombine massacre and Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho, right, who killed 22
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2011
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