Russian Student set Teacher on Fire and Tried to Kill Himself

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By Sanniah Hassan

After stabbing his computer teacher, Ekaterina Pershina, 29, Tagirov poured flammable liquid on her before setting her as well as the classroom, on fire

A seventeen year old Russian student attempted to commit suicide, after he allegedly stabbed his computer sciences teacher before setting her on fire. Artyom Tagirov, apparently went on a knife rampage on the 18th of April, 2018. According to The Sun UK, Tagirov was “Columbine Obsessed” and had approximately a 100 videos on the Columbine high school incident of 1999. After stabbing his computer teacher, Ekaterina Pershina, 29, Tagirov poured flammable liquid on her before setting her as well as the classroom, on fire at School Number One in Sterlitamak in “oil-rich” Bashkortostan, Russia.

He also attacked two female students, one of whom jumped out of a window to escape the horrific ordeal, claim locals. After the attack, the seventeen year old attempted to take his own life by slitting his throat but survived and was taken to the hospital. The victims of the attack, mainly the teacher and the two students, were immediately taken to the hospital as their conditions were serious.

To prevent similar events from occurring in Pakistani schools against our kids, friends, relatives, we should promote mental health issues and their treatment as a precaution towards prevention.

This is a grave global situation which seems to be escalating with every passing day. While the international media has picked up on this story, little to none has been said in the Pakistani media. This incident should lead one to question the mental health issue and how it is being constantly overlooked. No one is born crazy. We are all made to behave irrationally which leads to such horrific incidents.

Given that no such events have occurred in Pakistan with students bringing ammunition to school but, it is a case of prevention before cause. The Pakistani youth is highly influenced by the Western as well as Indian media, far more than they are by local media. Since our youth looks towards the west for inspiration in such situations, that time is not far when God forbid, we experience such accidents in Pakistan. To prevent similar events from occurring in Pakistani schools against our kids, friends, relatives, we should promote mental health issues and their treatment as a precaution towards prevention.

Moreover, it is because mental health is so often overlooked that incidents like the 1999 Columbine shooting or 2018 Russian accidents occur. Even in the case of Tagirov, the Russian school boy, sources claim that the event could have been stopped well before time if only his parents, friends, and/or local authority had taken notice of his numerous social media posts that eventually lead to the horrific accident. On more than one occasion, he had apparently mentioned on social media that he hated his life and what he was intending to do. He is also known for having stated that he was hoping the authorities would have taken notice and stopped him but, apparently no one was interested. After the incident, approximately 100 videos related to the American high school shooting were found in his possession.

On more than one occasion, he had apparently mentioned on social media that he hated his life and what he was intending to do. He is also known for having stated that he was hoping the authorities would have taken notice and stopped him but, apparently no one was interested.

Thus, the Pakistani government should also work on reforming or strengthening the various clauses and laws regarding cyber crime to ensure a safe environment for all. As more and more students use the internet daily, either for academics or social media websites, the risk also rises alarmingly. If our government strictly keeps tabs on any and every strange activity that occurs as cyber crime, we will hopefully be able to provide better health facilities to anyone in need of them.

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