Human Rights and Civil Society

Schools in Nuevo Leon begin training on how to be safe if shootings occur nearby

The Secretary of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública – SEP) has begun training students and faculty members on the procedures to follow when shootings related to drug cartel and crime organizations occur. School officials have started supplying pamphlets to five thousand different schools in Nuevo Leon that lay out the instructions.

The guidelines imposed are similar to those followed when dealing with a natural disaster. If shootings and explosions occur, teachers are to direct the students to lay down on their stomach. Students are encouraged to not give in to curiosity and peek outside through windows. If nearby, parents are instructed to attempt to get as close to their student as possible and resist temptation to take video or pictures of the events.

Although there have been no attacks directed atschools, the Secretariat of Public Security (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública – SSP) hopes to avoid any injuries or deaths if those events were to take place. The hope is to create a new “culture of prevention” through the new program.


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