Students practice dodging bullets in Guerrero. Students practice dodging bullets in a Guerrero classroom. el sur

In Guerrero a variation on emergency drills

Primary school in state capital held gunfight drills yesterday

Students everywhere are familiar with emergency drills — for fires, earthquakes and disasters in general. But in Mexico they practice gunfight drills.


Students at an elementary school in Guerrero participated in drills yesterday designed to prepare them for the eventuality of a gunfight spilling over into their classrooms or playground.

Teachers at the Antonio A. Guerrero Primary School in the state capital Chilpancingo carried out the mock exercises with the support of the children’s parents, but neither education nor security authorities were present.

Some teachers directed students to lie flat on the classroom floor to avoid the possibility of being hit by a stray bullet while others employed different approaches, designed to calm the fears children would face in a violent situation.

Some used singing to drown out the sound of gunfire; other teachers simply talked to their students about the possibility of crime impinging on their school.

The facility is currently occupying a provisional site on a fairground in the west of the city because its permanent facilities were damaged in last September’s earthquake.

The fairground is located in front of sporting facilities where several violent incidents involving suspected members of criminal gangs have occurred.


At the end of last year, a severed human head was placed on an electrical transformer that is clearly visible from the school’s main exit.

An armed attack also took place on soccer fields opposite the school’s temporary facilities and two motorcyclists were recently shot and killed in neighboring streets.

In addition, two men were forcibly disappeared late last year while attending a Christmas fair at the site where the school is now situated. Their bodies, which presented signs of torture, were found on January 3.

Consequently, the principal said it was important for the school’s 587 students to know what to do in the case of a risky situation.

“The important thing is for children to be able to protect themselves,” Policarpo García Ramírez said.

Despite the risk of violence, García said the fairground was the most suitable site on which to place temporary classrooms until construction of a new school building is completed.  He stressed that no shootouts have occurred since the school was set up there.

The southern state of Guerrero is one of Mexico’s most violent and priests, political figures, and students have all been among the many homicide victims.

In the aftermath of September’s second earthquake, thousands of students couldn’t return to school because of threats made by organized crime groups and parents’ fears for their safety.

The entire Chilpancingo municipal police force was removed from duty last month for suspected involvement in criminal activity.

However, while the possibility of gang violence invading schools is real, the possibility of a student attacking others with a gun is statistically very low.

School shootings in Mexico are extremely uncommon, although not completely unheard of.

A 15-year-old student shot a teacher and three students at a school in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in January 2017 before turning the gun on himself.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • DreadFool

    if it weren’t so SAD, in the State that can;t find 43 of its pupils they practice fake school shootings, dios mio.

  • Rootsofgrass

    But….Have we had one cartel group or individual invade schools with an AR 15 and kill children? Only in the US have we accomplished the highest gun-related death rate for murdered children. America is First.

    • WestCoastHwy

      Comparing yourself with donkeys? This practice is vita in most cities in Mexico, I even drill my clients when we are out in the field or driving in the city in Mexico about a very possible chance that there could be a gun fight at anytime. So please TROLL somewhere else or please visit a Mexican Municipal Police station. This story has nothing to do with the USA or school shootings, it’s about gun fights between Mexican criminals that could be near schools. Truck loads of rival gangs all armed shooting randomly at each other without concern to anything around them, It’s quite the site, I have had to “hit the dirt” several times.

      • Rootsofgrass

        Thank you for warning me about the violence in Mexico City. I have many friends who have traveled there for years….and have had no problems. Perhaps you should consider a different route.I visit the city frequently with no rival gangs shooting at me.Perhaps…It is because I am riding a donkey.Are your clients some sort of militia? I have been in Mexico since 1978, and traveled as a single woman throughout the country….witn not a single incident. What do you think is the difference between your experiences and mine?

        • WestCoastHwy

          All Mexican City! Especially with emphasis in the Mexican country side. Have you ever played Russian roulette? Some people are luckier than others. If you have been in Mexico since 1978, your old and need assistance. Read your USA Department of State warning about traveling in Mexico if you don’t believe me. And remember, if and when the gun does fire, the USA State Department will say, “I told you so.”

      • BB

        I think the point is that Mexican school children are safer in school than American school children. If not for right-wing wackos in the US who think it’s OK for anyone to own a military style weapon, that situation could be turned around easily. In the meantime, innocent school children all over the US are now $#!tt!n9 their pants on a daily basis wondering whey it’s going to be their turn to die in school.

        • WestCoastHwy

          Thanks BB for the clarity, but with SEP in control of the curriculum of Mexican schools,well, I consider that being more dangerous. SEP wants to turn Mexican children into donkeys, like in the movie Pinocchio!