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A boy killed his teacher and took his life this Friday at a school in Torreón, in the state of Coahuila, in northern Mexico.
The state governor, Miguel Ángel Riquelme, lamented the events that took place at the Cervantes College and confirmed the death of a 50-year-old teacher and the attacker, an 11-year-old student who was in sixth grade, who opened fire in the private school.
The authorities also confirmed that there are at least six injured: five students and a physical education teacher.
The shooting occurred around 8:20 AM local time (14:20 GMT).
The governor explained that, according to the initial instigation , the boy told his classmates:
“Today is the day“.
Then, he asked permission to go to the bathroom and it took more than 15 minutes, so his teacher went out to look for him.
When he found him, the boy had two weapons with which he shot her, in addition to the other teacher and his other classmates.
Then he took his life.
“Influenced by a video game”
Riquelme said that the theory that the student act inspired by a video game is studied.
“Apparently, the boy, influenced by a video game called Natural Selection – even the child’s shirt (shirt) at the bottom brings the name of the video game – influences the child to commit the facts,” the governor said in conference Press
“He had mentioned the video game, which I think he tried to recreate today,” he said without offering more details.
|Torreón shooter at left and Columbine at right|
In the Columbine massacre in 1999, one of the worst mass shootings in US history, one of the attackers also wore a shirt with the name of the video game.
On that occasion, two students killed 13 people before they both took their own lives.
The strange fascination it still causes in the US the Columbine shooting 20 years later.
The governor of the Mexican state said he was “dismayed” because this happened in this institution, which has much recognition, and in which his own daughters studied.
However, the executive director of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (REDIM) Juan Martín Pérez García, described the governor’s statements about the influence of the videogame on the shooting as “unnecessary and without foundation.”
“Technophobia doesn’t help. It would be equivalent to saying that everyone who sees narcoseries is going to become criminals,” he said in a statement.
In his opinion, these are resources so that the authorities do not assume their responsibility for the protection of children.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, sent his condolences to the families of the victims.
“We have to take care of children, young people, not turning their backs, we need a lot of attention also inside our families with children, with those who need attention, guidance so that these things do not happen,” said the leader.
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According to the first reports, the student responsible for the shooting had good grades and had never shown strange behavior.
He lived with his grandmother. Apparently, his mother died a couple of years ago.
In the state, operations are carried out in which the backpacks of public school students are checked before entering classes to ensure that they do not carry weapons.
According to the governor, the one known as “Operational Safe Backpack” will be reinforced and will be mandatory in all centers after what happened this Friday.
“That’s right, in fact it was carried out in private schools, but in some schools, teachers and parents disagreed with the policy and rejected it.” Riquelme responded to the Millennium newspaper.
However, the director of REDIM asked not to carry out this practice, which has been questioned and has incuso legal disputes for allegedly violating the rights of the children .
“And this has not solved the problem.”
He recalled that children in Mexico have grown up in a context of violence in which there is a high availability of weapons.
“This little one – responsible for the shooting – was born in a culture of war and militarization. It reproduces this dynamic and the message in the environment: those things are resolved by force.”
He said authorities should develop early warning mechanisms – “there are many children who cry out for help, support in many ways” – and insisted on the importance of adults talking to children and being heard.
The United Nations in Mexico, for its part, stressed that “it is vitally important to end the culture of violence and regulate access to weapons.”
The mayor of Torreón, Jorge Zermeño Infante, lamented for his part what happened.
“It is a very unfortunate tragedy that an 11-year-old boy can arrive with arms at a school,” he told the newspaper El Siglo.
The shooting reminded me of another event in Mexico that shocked the country almost exactly three years ago, in Monterrey.
On January 18, 2017, a 16-year-old student of the American College killed his teacher, shot his classmates and then killed himself.