Federal deputies from Rio de Janeiro who are part of the Working Group Against Violence in Schools participated, last Thursday (31), in a public hearing in Complexo da Maré with the multidisciplinary team that works within the scope of the municipal Department of Education in the capital fluminense to propose protection actions for children and adolescents.
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During the hearing, deputy Tarcísio Motta (PSOL) stated that, in addition to demanding immediate action from City Hall, the State Government and federal bodies, the Working Group intends to propose a National Fund for permanent support for school communities affected by violent attacks .
The parliamentarian also spoke about the possibility of a law that obliges public authorities to offer permanent psychological, medical and financial assistance to family members of victims and survivors of violent attacks against schools.
For Tarcísio, the reports from those responsible for victims of the Realengo massacre demonstrate the complete helplessness to which this community has been subjected over the years. “The community feels abandoned and, at the same time, tired of crying out for help. We, deputies, left there deeply moved and committed to contributing to overcoming that pain”, he reported.
Also participating in the hearing were federal deputies such as Reimont (PT), who is also a member of the GT; the Group’s coordinator, federal deputy Jorge Goetten (PL-SC); and councilors Luciana Boiteaux, Mônica Cunha, Marcio Santos, Siri and Célio Luparelli, who are part of the Education Committee of the Rio de Janeiro City Council.
In the morning, the GT visited the Memorial in honor of the victims of the Realengo Massacre, at the Tasso da Silveira Municipal School, in the west of Rio. The crime that occurred in April 2011 left 12 people dead. There, parliamentarians heard reports from mothers of students and members of the school community and also participated in a debate on “safer access” by the Municipal Department of Education.
In the afternoon, a public hearing was held to hear from government and civil society entities at Escola Bahia, in Complexo da Maré, when those present were able to debate the measures that were taken as a result of the Realengo massacre (in particular the deployment of teams multidisciplinary services for students in the municipal network), the challenges and proposals for dealing with the issue of violence around schools in favelas and peripheral areas.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda