Mayor on Mexico School Shooting: 'So, So Sad'

6th-grader dies after shooting teacher to death, injuring 6 others in private school in Mexico
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2020 9:00 AM CST
The Boy Told Classmates: 'This Is the Day.' Then, Gunfire
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A shooting at a private school in Mexico has left two dead (including the shooter) and six injured, officials say—and the shooter is said to have been an 11-year-old 6th grader who came to school with two guns. CNN reports the attack took place at the Cervantes de Torreon School in Torreon, in the state of Coahuila, and the school put up a Facebook post noting, "We never would have imagined that a situation like this could occur in our society." Per Miguel Riquelme, governor of the state of Coahuila, classmates told cops that while the shooter was usually a well-behaved student, he said something ominous before he started shooting: "This is the day." The other deceased person is said to be a female teacher; the six injured reportedly include five students and a teacher. Police chief Maurilio Ochoa says two of the injured are in "delicate" condition, per the Guardian.

Torreon's mayor, Jorge Zermeno, says from the information he'd gathered, the shooter, who reportedly turned the gun on himself after the attack, was a student with good grades who had some kind of family issue. Zermeno adds, "It is very serious, so, so sad, and lamentable to see a primary school student do something like this." Riquelme says video games may have "influenced" the boy, per the New York Times. During the attack, the boy had reportedly been wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the game Natural Selection, a first-person shooter game. Riquelme says the boy may have been trying to simulate the game. The Times notes there's been an ongoing debate on what effect violent video games have on behavior. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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