Mexico’s First School Shooting: A Social Context

Gloria Santos
Saturday, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm -- Maryland 241

On January 18, 2017, a 9th grader in a private and bilingual school in Monterrey, Mexico opened fire on his classmates and teacher, then shot himself. First reports said he had been diagnosed with depression and was under medication. Yet, the social context that led to the event was never discussed in the media. In this session, we will explore the social context along with an individual cause: the link between bilinguism and classism/elitism in northeastern Mexico, the normalization of violence in the aftermath of Calderon’s war on drugs, the generational gap in the use of social media, and local attitudes towards mental health.