Students smuggled arms on 'peace tour'Students smuggled arms on 'peace tour'
Seven students from a junior high school in southern Norway were caught at the border between Poland and the Czech Republic in an apparent attempt to smuggle home weapons. They'd obtained the arms during a so-called "peace tour" with their class. The students, from Blomdalen Junior High School in Mandal, were travelling in Poland and the Czech Republic to visit former concentration camps and study the importance of peace. The group and their adult chaperone were stopped at the border while on their way home Friday afternoon. Police found them carrying a Kalishnikov automatic rifle, brass knuckles, knives and other potentially fatal weapons, reportedly purchased in Prague. The students' travel leader, Tor Bernt Sunde, called it all "a most unfortunate incident." He told local newspaper Fædrelandsvennen that "we couldn't make the rest of the group wait, so they travelled on to Berlin." The eight mostly young Norwegians ended up being held for 13 hours and all the weapons were confiscated. The border police decided against pressing further charges and the group was released.