A gunman opened fire Thursday in a public elementary school in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 11 children before taking his own life, officials said.
The victims were 10 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 and one boy, the O Globo news website in Rio de Janeiro reported.
Marcos Silva, 11, who was in the school but was not harmed, said the experience was “like a horror movie.” […]
The gunman, identified as Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, was a 23-year-old former student at the school.
Police said Oliveira entered the school carrying two guns and a suicide note. He told officials he was there to deliver a speech and then opened fire on students. […]
The man left a letter explaining his actions, O Globo said, including a reference that he had contracted the AIDS virus. Other details were not immediately available.
I find it so interesting that no one is reporting the significance that 10 of the 11 victims are girls. Could that be a coincidence?
It – sadly – reminds me of other shootings that targeted girls/women:
- École Polytechnique Massacre in December 1989
- Jonesboro, Arkansas Middle School Shooting in March 1998
- Amish school shooting in October 2006
- Platte Canyon High School shooting in Sep 2006
- Gym shooting in Pittsburgh in Aug 2009
- Jill at Feministe even pointed out aspects of the Virginia Tech shootings that point to a misogynistic motivation (also here)
Jenn Pozner wrote about this phenomenon in 2007.
That is why I am hesitant to say that 10 of the 11 victims today being girls is just a coincidence. That maybe, just maybe, this guy was gunning for women.
I am so sorry for those parents, friends, and family members of the 11 victims. I am so sorry for all the children and faculty who witnessed these crimes. I am so sorry and so sad.