Six Students Killed In São Paulo School Shooting Soon After President’s New Decree Loosens Gun Restrictions
At least six students and two employees were killed after two gunmen entered a school in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday. The gunmen– who are said to be former students at the school– killed themselves after the attack, according to police.
Police say that the shooters arrived at the school during a lunch break.
While the motives behind the shooting remain unclear, police say that the alleged gunmen were between the age of 20 to 25 and had opened fire on their former school during a lunch break. The two men are said to have shot an education coordinator and a supervisor before raging their attack on students who were out in the schoolyard. Soon after, the shooters went on to the school’s linguistic center.
According to reports, at least 17 other people were injured, including the gunmen’s first victim, a man who was working at a car wash in front of the school.
Brazil contains some of the highest murder rates in the world, but school shootings in the country have always been rare.
Unlike the United States, where school shootings have become commonplace in the news cycle (4 have
Brazil’s newly-elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, recently signed a decree that makes buying guns easier in the country.
Sao Paulo Gov. Joao Doria has issued three days of mourning for the city.
Doria also told authorities that families will be offered financial assistance for medical and psychological help as well as funerals.
Brazilians and Latinos on Twitter have been quick to send their support and condolences to the country.
And many have been quick to express fears in a potential rise of gun shootings across the globe.
The shooting occurred almost a year since the shootings terrorized Parkland, Florida last year.
Last year, on February 14, a shooter at Parkland, Florida school Stoneman Douglas High School, killed seventeen students and staff members and injured seventeen others.
The victims of the attack soon arrested the attention of the country with a large campaign that advocated for tighter gun control legislation.
They made appearances on Ellen Degeneres and major news
outlets, held a debate with the NRA and led a march on Washington.
Even J.K. Rowling was moved by Fuentes and the conviction that helped her to finish her speech.
Rowling’s tweet was, for many, validation of a spreading comparison on social platforms of the Parkland survivors to Dumbledore’s Army from the Harry Potter books. Think about it, these kids are bright, proving themselves to be fearless while under threat and also ready to fight for and save an entire country.
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