This past Friday, there was a school shooting at the Colegio Cervantes in Torreón, Mexico which is in the state of Coahuila. The shooting was committed by an 11-year-old boy. Not a typo, eleven-years-old. Before it was all over, a teacher was killed, six others were wounded and the shooter had taken his own life.
The shooter, José Ángel Ramos, was said to have brandished two Glock handguns and was wearing a shirt that said ‘Natural Selection.’ Now there’s been some speculation as to why the shooter wore this shirt. Some say that he was copying Eric Harris who wore a similar shirt during the Columbine shootings. Others say this was a reference to a video game called Natural Selection which the shooter played. As a famous advertising spokesperson once said, “¿Por qué no los dos?”
I’ve never played the Natural Selection video game and until this past weekend I never even heard of it. According to Wikipedia, it’s a mod of the first-person shooter game Half-Life. The object of the game is to basically shoot space aliens. Maybe the shooter identified with the Columbine cowards for whatever reason and was drawn to the game because of Eric Harris’ mantra of ‘Natural Selection.’ Not to mention that Harris and Klebold were fans of the first-person shooter Doom. Am I saying that video games caused this shooting? No, not in the least. In my opinion, video games only have a cursory connection to the shooting but were in no way an influence. If anything this shooting appears to me to be yet another Columbine copycat shooting. Ramos was almost dressed like Eric Harris to a T including black suspenders and pants.
The shooter was said to have told classmates that ‘today was the day’ before committing the shooting. The boy’s grandfather is believed to have some connections to the guns used in the attack. The shooter lived with his grandparents after his mother passed away. The teacher who he killed was 60-year-old María Medina.
It also seems that a little bit of the US has infected that part of Mexico because we have another case of ‘it can’t happen here.’
She said she never imagined anything like it could happen at the school. “Colegio Cervantes has always distinguished itself as a very safe school of middle-class kids,” she said. “Where the parents are working, but we’re paying attention.”
Obviously, not paying attention close enough.
While school shootings are not unheard of in Mexico, they’re nowhere near as frequent as they are in the US. Considering how frequently Mexico has to deal with gun violence, this should show you how bad school shootings are in the US.
Thanks to Hiram for the tip.