Teacher, 11-year-old suspect die in Mexico school shooting
MEXICO CITY — A student and teacher were killed at an elementary school in northern Mexico Friday, when the 11-yearold opened fire on his teacher and classmates with two guns, authorities said.
Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said the sixth-grade shooter and his teacher died.
The preliminary investigation showed that the student arrived at his classroom, told a classmate, “Today is the day,” and asked permission to go to the bathroom, Riquelme said. After 15 minutes he had not returned and his teacher went to look for him. He emerged from the bathroom firing two guns. The shooting ended when he shot himself, he said.
Among the wounded were five students and a gym teacher, Riquelme said.
The governor said the shooter lived with his grandparents and that his mother had died some years ago. He said the boy had not presented behavioral problems before in the school. Investigators were looking into reports that the boy was influenced by a particular video game.
Danya Mendizabal, whose daughter is in the 4th grade at Colegio Cervantes, said she was initially alerted by a chat of student mothers. She called the school, but no one answered, then she called a teacher who told her that her daughter was fine and she should come get her.
She said she never imagined anything like it could happen at the school. “Colegio Cervantes has always distinguished itself as a very safe school of middle class kids,” she said. “Where the parents are working, but we’re paying attention.”
The school participates in a state program called “Safe Backpack” in which school personnel search each child’s backpack when they arrive at school, she said, adding that she inspects her daughter’s backpack daily.
A couple and their son embrace outside the school in Torreon, Coahuila state, Mexico, where police say an 11-year-old killed his teacher and wounded six before killing himself.