Jun. 30, 2016
One teen, suspected of setting a bomb at a Sikh temple, rocks a country’s argument for counseling would-be terrorists; plotting in a WhatsApp chat
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany—Werner Gallmeister, a high-school headmaster here, called the police in January with a worrying message. A 16-year-old student known for his Islamist sympathies had been showing off a smartphone video of an explosive device.
Police already knew the teen. He had been interrogated and suspended from one school after threatening to “break the neck” of a Jewish student. Police in 2015 searched his home. And he was enrolled in a government-sponsored program designed to prevent radical youngsters turning to violence.
Soon after the smartphone stunt, Mr. Gallmeister reported to police that his pupil’s behavior seemed to calm. He was wrong.