Jokela (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjɔkɛlɑ]) is one of the three administrative centers in the Finnish municipality Tuusula. It has a population of around 6,000 residents. The Jokela School Centre and the Jokela railway station serve the community. Many residents commute to the capital of Finland, Helsinki, which is about 30 miles or 30 minutes away.
Until the mid-19th century the area around Jokela was scarcely populated. The development of Jokela began with the opening of a railway line in 1862. In 1874 the railway station was built and the first brick factory was founded. Several other brick factories would later follow to meet the needs of the rapidly growing capital as well as a match factory next to Jokela manor. The industrial development increased population: in 1920 there were 570 inhabitants and by 1950 1,617.
On April 21, 1996 a rail accident occurred where four people were killed and 75 injured when express train P82 from Oulu bound for Helsinki derailed in heavy fog. There was a strict speed limit due to a bridge construction which P82 failed to heed. It is estimated that the total cost of the accident was over €4.3 million.
A school shooting occurred in the town on 7 November 2007. At approximately 11:44 local time (9:44 UTC) Pekka-Eric Auvinen opened fire at Jokela High School. The incident resulted in the deaths of nine people: five male pupils and one female pupil; the school principal; the school nurse; and the shooter himself, who was also one of the school's pupils. Hours before the incident, the shooter posted a video on YouTube predicting the massacre at the school. A day after the shooting a picture of Auvinen holding a gun and a message he would "kill people at jokela high school today in the name of anonymous" was posted on the imageboard 4chan. It has been stated by the Finnish police that they could not find a connection between Auvinen and "Anonymous".
It was the second of three school shootings that have occurred in Finland. The previous incident occurred in 1989 at the Raumanmeri school in Rauma, when a 14-year-old fatally shot two fellow students. On 23 September 2008, 11 people were killed in the Kauhajoki school shooting.
The following sports clubs are located in Jokela:
- Pages on the rail crash from the YLE Archives (in Finnish)
- "Teen gunman dead from critical injuries who opened fire on Finnish classmates". CNN. 2007-11-07. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- "Fatal shooting at Finnish school". BBC News. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- Church of Scientology falsely accuses internet group 'Anonymous' of 2007 school shooting
- "School Shootings Rare in Finland". YLE. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- Media related to Jokela at Wikimedia Commons