Mexican School Shooting Leaves One Dead, Six Injured

  • Coahuila Governor blames video games for the tragedy.
  • "He was well behaved, but he told some of his classmates that 'today was the day,'" said the Governor.
  • "We are already investigating, but even the boy's father does not know how he had access to the weapon."

An 11-year-old boy gunned down his teacher and wounded five fellow students and one other teacher before committing suicide on Friday at a school in Coahuila state, northern Mexico. Miguel Angel Riquelme, the Coahuila state Governor, told the media that the boy had excused himself to go to the bathroom early in the day but took long to return to class.

Coahuila, formally Coahuila de Zaragoza, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Coahuila de Zaragoza, is one of the 31 states which, along with Mexico City, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico.

Consequently, his teacher went to look for him after 15 minutes, and the boy then emerged, firing his weapons. “He was well behaved, but he told some of his classmates that ‘today was the day,'” said the Governor. The tragedy occurred in the morning at the Cervantes school, a primary school in the city of Torreón, where the boy was studying. In addition to the killed teacher, the minor also injured the other six people. Two of the injured students are in serious condition. The local authorities also strongly suspect that the boy may have used more than one firearm.

“We are already investigating, but even the boy’s father does not know how he had access to the weapon,” Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office representative Maurilio Ochoa said. Governor Riquelme stated that “it seems that the boy had apparently been influenced by a first-person shooter game, “Natural Selection,” and had even worn a t-shirt emblazoned with its name during the attack. “Even the shirt he was wearing had at the bottom the name, unfortunately,” he added. He behaved well but told some of his classmates that ‘today was the day,'” he concluded.

Natural Selection is a modification for the video game Half-Life. Its concept is a mixture of the first-person shooter and real-time strategy game genres.

After learning about the tragedy, several student parents went to Cervantes School to look for information about their children in an environment of deep tension. In a statement, the Secretariat of Public Education of Mexico (SEP) lamented the case and expressed solidarity with the relatives of the victims. In the note, SEP Minister Esteban Moctezuma Barragán said that the next general meeting of the National Council of Educational Authorities (Conaedu) would discuss the topic of preventing violence in Mexican schools.

In November last year, a teenager opened fire at his school in California and shot dead, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. Three other students were also injured. The shooter at the time shot himself in the head with the intention of killing himself, but he did not die.

According to the police, the shooter had just turned sixteen and was of Asian descent. He probably acted alone, but nothing was known about his motives, as reported then, by NBC. The shooting took place at Saugus High, a high school in Santa Clarita, more than 40 kilometers north of Los Angeles. The school had around 2,400 pupils at the time of the tragedy. Around 7.50 a.m. local time, the student opened fire with a gun that he pulled out of his backpack. Police arrived urgently on-site, and all schools in the area were closed.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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