Teacher, 11-year-old sus­pect die in Mex­ico school shoot­ing

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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.

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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.

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