Wednesday 11 December 2019

Boy (15) shoots teacher and fellow students at private school

A forensic investigator walks outside the private school in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP)
A forensic investigator walks outside the private school in Monterrey, Mexico. (AP)

Porfirio Ibarra

A 15-year-old student has opened fire at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other pupils, officials said.

Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said four of the injured, including the gunman, were in an extremely serious condition.

Mr Fasci said a school video showed the male student first shot the 24-year-old teacher, then a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy in the head, and a 15-year-old classmate in the arm. He then pointed the gun at classmates before shooting himself.

This has never happened in the state before, Mr Fasci said.

He said the boy had been suffering from depression, but that the motive was under investigation.

The spokesman attributed it to "the situation that is happening everywhere". He added: "The children have access to the internet. This has happened in other countries."

The website of the American School of the Northeast said it offers bilingual education for students from pre-school through to ninth grade.

Mr Fasci said the boy brought the gun from home. It was unclear how he got the pistol into the school.

Mexico once had a programme to check bags at school entrances, but in many places it has fallen into disuse.

"'There was a reason why book bags were checked. I think we are going to have to start doing it again," Mr Fasci said.

Mexico has been largely spared the phenomenon of school shootings that has hit the United States. In one of the few previous incidents, a 13-year-old student shot a 12-year-old classmate at a Mexico City school in 2004, seriously wounding her.

At the height of Mexico's drug war between 2008 and 2011, schools in northern Mexico had considered a much greater threat the possibility that stray bullets from drug gang gun battles outside schools might enter classrooms.

Some schools conducted "duck and cover" drills to combat that possibility.

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