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After a school shooting: the resignation of the Serbian Minister of Education

After a school shooting: the resignation of the Serbian Minister of Education

At first Rocic blamed “Western values” for the shooting of a Serbian school. Nine people were killed in the process.

Serbian Education Minister Branko Rocic has resigned four days after the deadly school shooting in Belgrade. “As a responsible and well-behaved person, I offer my irrevocable resignation from the post of Minister of Education,” Rocic wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabić posted on Twitter on Sunday.

The 47-year-old socialist initially blamed the internet, video games and “Western values” for the 13-year-old’s actions on Wednesday. Opposition, human rights groups and thousands of demonstrators have called for his resignation.

Rampage in two days

The student killed eight children and a security guard at his school in Belgrade, when his father shot him. Less than 48 hours later, a 21-year-old shot dead eight people in several villages near Belgrade. Then the head of state Aleksandar Vucic announced the “almost complete disarmament” of the personnel. According to government information, more than 760,000 firearms have been registered in the country of 6.8 million people.

How our correspondent Thomas Roser experienced the killing spree at his children’s school

Not only was our reporter Thomas Roser affected by the schoolboy killing spree in Belgrade, Serbia: his two children were present at the school during this time. More on this.

(APA / AFP)

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