Rio school reopens after shooting spree

15:32, April 19, 2011      

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Rio's Tasso da Silveira elementary school reopened Monday, 11 days after a shooting spree there which left a dozen students dead and another dozen wounded.

Before classes are resumed, students must first undergo a period of re-adaptation and participate in cultural activities, school authorities told reporters.

Many parents said their children have been traumatized, unwilling to go back to school, and some have requested to transfer their children to other schools. Meanwhile, some other parents and former students helped clean and repaint the school for the reopening over the weekend.

On April 7, clad in a bulletproof vest and carrying two revolvers and a heavy load of bullets, 24-year-old alumni Wellington Menezes de Oliveira entered Tasso da Silveira school and fired at the students. In total, he killed 10 girls and two boys aged 12 to 14, and injured another 12 children.

Oliveira committed suicide as police arrived to stop his madness. His motive was still unknown and three men who sold revolvers to him have been arrested.

Source: Xinhua
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