Relatives gathered in front of the nursery after an armed attack. Photo: Liamara Polli / AP / dpa
A military police spokesman in Santa Catarina, Major Rafael Antonio da Silva, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur Tuesday that he penetrated the “Aquarella” nursery in a small community of Sudadis in the state of Santa Catarina with a knife-like object and stabbed the attendees. Another child was injured. First, there was talk of two children being killed. Later, the mayor of Saudades, Maciel Schneider, announced the death of a third child on Brazilian television.
“When we got there, there was a scene of horror,” the G1 news portal quoted Community Education Minister Gisela Hermann as saying. On earth a caregiver died and a dead child. According to another testimony, the caregivers hid the children in the changing room and locked the door. According to “Part 1”, the children killed were under the age of two years.
“It is the saddest day in our history,” said Mayor Schneider, who cried on television when he spoke about the events. “We don’t really know how to behave. It’s my first term, I’m 35 and I also have a young child. The movie starts playing in your head. “
Sponsorships were suspended for a week, and the governor of Santa Catarina, dominated by German immigrants, Daniela Reinherr declared three days of mourning.
Attacks of this nature are so rare in Brazil that they cause massive panic – as occurred in a rampage with ten fatalities at a school in Suzano, Sao Paulo state two years ago. Brazil may be one of the most violent countries in the world, with 43,892 murders recorded in 2020, but a lot of that is linked to crime, organized crime or police violence.
The police spokesman said it was not known yet whether the attacker was suffering from psychological problems or special motives. According to a report in Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, he has not had any previous convictions or pre-school enrollment. However, the young man is said to have suffered from bullying.
Even before the police arrived, locals arrested the attacker who had seriously injured himself. He was taken to Chapeco Hospital, 70 kilometers away. The parents were in shock. Police searched his home, primarily by computer, in a town of 10,000 people, looking for evidence of the crime. After the exams are completed, the parents must be interviewed.