A teenager opened fire at a high school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early Monday, resulting in the death of one student and the injury of two others. The assailant, identified as a male student at the high school, was reportedly a frequent target of bullying. The victim who died was a 17-year-old girl who sustained a gunshot wound to the head. The Sao Paulo state government confirmed that the suspected shooter has been taken into custody, but did not release further details about the individual. Two students were wounded during the shooting, while another was injured while attempting to escape. All three were promptly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
This incident marks Brazil’s first school attack in months, following a series of similar incidents earlier this year. Over the past two decades, there have been nearly two dozen violent episodes in Brazilian schools, with half of them occurring within the last 18 months. In April, the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva initiated a comprehensive effort across federal, state, and municipal levels to address this emerging trend. President Lula expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased student and the injured students, emphasizing the need to prevent such tragedies and the normalization of accessible firearms among young people in society. The means by which the assailant obtained the firearm remains unclear at this time.