A teacher died and at least four other people were injured after a 13-year-old teenager invaded a school in São Paulo and attacked teachers and students with a knife this Monday (27). The teenager responsible for the attack has been apprehended.
The case took place at the Thomázia Montoro State School, in the neighborhood of Vila Sônia, in the west zone of the city of São Paulo. Security cameras inside the classrooms recorded part of the attacks, and showed when the teenager hit one of the victims in the back.
One of the people affected, teacher Elizabeth Tenreiro, 71, was rescued but succumbed to her injuries. Another three professors and two students were taken to hospitals in the capital of São Paulo for treatment. One of the students was injured trying to immobilize the attacker. The other was not injured, but went into a state of shock.
According to reports gathered by the Brazil Agency, the young man responsible for the attacks argued with another student last week and even offended him with racist insults. He has since stated that he would have a massacre at the school.
A physical education teacher managed to immobilize the teenager. According to the Secretary of Public Security of São Paulo, Guilherme Derrite, “if it weren’t for this teacher’s action, the tragedy would certainly have been much greater”.
The governor of the state of São Paulo, Tarcísio de Freitas, who is traveling abroad, expressed himself on Twitter, and said that the efforts of the public power are focused on helping injured people and offering shelter to their families.
The Union of Teachers of Official Teaching of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) published a note signed by the president of the entity, the state deputy Professor Bebel (PT). The text states that the new episode of violence exposes the abandonment of state schools in São Paulo.
The entity, which carried out research on violence in schools, claims that it has asked the State Department of Education and other bodies linked to the São Paulo executive to adopt measures to avoid episodes like this one. The entity claims that policing around schools is insufficient and there are no prevention policies on the problem.
“It is necessary for the State Government to listen to the community and, immediately, to recompose the staff of the state schools – not with outsourced personnel, but with servers selected through a public tender”, highlights the note.
Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho
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