The massacre in Iraq fills the front pages of all dailies, with Lidove Noviny describing it as the worst day since the end of the war. There are horrifying reports by foreign correspondents and speculation regarding who is directly responsible for the efforts to bring about a civil war.
Although the youth himself has reportedly refused to say what led to the attack the papers have interviewed his parents and classmates to try to throw some light on the tragic incident. According to the boy's classmates the teacher had often ridiculed him in front of the whole class. His parents agree with this version saying their son had complained about that particular teacher for weeks but that they had had no idea how serious things really were. He must have just cracked under the pressure, the boy's father said, adding that of course that was no excuse for physical violence.
Meanwhile, teachers' trade unions are demanding some form of protection for staff. Young people are increasingly aggressive, trade union leader Frantisek Dobsik told the paper, they bring knives and other weapons to school and often verbally insult teachers. There are proposals for schools to have weapons detectors and child psychologists.
It is not surprising that there's no money to spare, Hanak says. After all, the state paid out ten billion crowns for not protecting Central European Media Enterprises' investment in the Czech Republic and tens of billions more on lost savings in banking institutions that no one watched over. Moreover the Cabinet is now debating a purchase of government aircraft for seven billion crowns, Hanak says, noting that the butts of politicians would probably have calluses if they had to fly with commercial airlines for a while.
It is high time for our politicians to get off their high horse and consider the real priorities for a change, the author says. The children's hospital is in a dilapidated state and needs immediate attention. If anything is a priority then this is it, Hanak writes.