EPAPeople lay flowers and light candles at the Belgrade school where the shooting took place
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 02:14
The Serbian government is taking measures to combat shootings and other violence in schools. This happens in response to the shooting on Wednesday at a primary school in the capital Belgrade, in which a 13-year-old boy shot eight students and a guard. Six students and a teacher were injured, two students are still in critical condition in hospital.
The issuance of firearms permits has been suspended for the time being. The Justice Department is also preparing legislation to prosecute those who give children access to guns. The age at which perpetrators can be prosecuted should also be lowered from 14 to 12.
The 13-year-old gunman who opened fire at his school on Wednesday cannot be prosecuted because of his age. However, he is being examined in a psychiatric clinic. The firearms he used belonged to his father and he had carefully prepared the attack. For example, he had a list of the fellow students he wanted to kill and he had made drawings of the school.
The government is also setting up a working group to deal with the safety of children on the internet. Some sites will be taken down. Within a month it will also be possible for schools to test children for drugs and alcohol.
Belgrade residents react sadly to the shooting:
Serbia mourns day after school shooting: ‘This should never have happened’