Classes resume for Kerch College where gunman killed 20
The Kerch Polytechnic College opened its doors for the first time since the tragedy.
The Crimean head, Sergey Aksyonov, and the Human Rights Commissioner, Tatyana Moskalkova, arrived on Tuesday, October 23, at the opening of the polytechnic college in Kerch, where on October 17 a student shot and killed 20 people.
According to local media, on Tuesday classes, the students are going to learn the new schedule with all the changes introduced in connection with the shooting. For instance, the school is now much better guarded.
In addition, the Proekt Telegram Channel reports that the republic’s authorities strongly recommended that the media stop comparing what happened in Kerch with the Columbine shooting, otherwise teenagers could get interested in certain communities that promote violence.
Several national channels and news agencies confirmed the recommendation had been given. According to journalists, the authorities asked “not to escalate” the situation and avoid referring to Columbine in the Kerch articles.
The tragedy occurred on October 17, when a 4th-year student at the Polytechnic College, Vladislav Roslyakov, blew up a bomb in the college cafeteria and started shooting at everyone he saw. 20 people died, about 70 were injured. Roslyakov committed suicide in the college library.
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.