Candles and mascots were placed in the place where a 71-year-old man fatally stabbed a 5-year-old boy on Wednesday. The incident took place on one of the streets of Łazarz in Poznań.
A 5-year-old boy who was stabbed by a man on a street in Poznań has died. The child died in hospital. The police detained a 71-year-old man. The officers have no information that the man and the boy have any family ties. The incident occurred at 10.20 a.m. in Łazarz in Poznań.
Witnesses to the incident reacted immediately – the man’s knife was taken away and he was overpowered. An employee of the Remondis waste collection company and an off-duty policewoman who happened to be nearby were involved in his arrest.
In the afternoon, in the place where the tragedy occurred, residents of the area and other parts of the city, moved by the event, lit candles. Some brought teddy bears. One of the boys, who was also there, left a heart-shaped card there.
Poznań residents are shocked by the tragedy. One of the men who came to the scene said it was unimaginable what the boy’s parents must be feeling now. – It’s unthinkable: you leave your child at kindergarten, go to work or do some things, and suddenly you get a call that something has happened. And then it turns out that you will never take your child from this kindergarten again. You will never take him to kindergarten again. “It’s unbelievable,” he admitted.
Mrs. Joanna was also moved. – This is incomprehensible to me. I live here and I always go this way, but not today, there was a garbage truck parked here. Only later did I hear that these people helped detain this man here, she said.
Mrs. Ewa also came to the scene of the tragedy. As she said, “she was coming home and came to pray for this boy, for his family.”
One of the people who came to the scene was Mrs. Agnieszka, a teacher from one of the kindergartens in Poznań. He lives with his family near this place.
– I also feel very sorry for these teachers, it is a terribly responsible profession and I feel very, very sorry for what they have experienced and what they will experience. I can’t imagine that such a thing would happen in my group of 25 people. It’s just terrible and I feel very sorry for the parents, she said.
When asked whether, from her perspective as a kindergarten teacher, this event could somehow be explained to the children who witnessed such a tragedy, she said that “in my opinion, it is necessary to explain it to them and, above all, not to lie.”
– Don’t tell them it wasn’t serious, tell them the truth and provide them with psychological help. We provide psychological help for children, adolescents and adults, but I believe that in every kindergarten there will be a person who will take care of these children. Children, even if they don’t show it now, it will get to them eventually, and probably sooner than we think. It is very important to explain this to them and, above all, not to lie, because children are smarter than we think, she added.
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