RIO DE JANEIRO – Two students were wounded, one of them seriously, when a 15-year-old classmate started shooting Friday inside a high school in the southern Brazilian state of Parana, authorities said.
The incident took place at a school in the town of Medianeira, some 60 km (37 mi) west of Foz do Iguaçu.
The shooting has shocked many Brazilians, especially after photos showing some of the minors flee the school were shared on social media.
According to the police, the shooter was aided by another student, who exploded a homemade bomb in the school’s playground.
A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured after being shot in the back, and was taken to a hospital in Foz do Iguaçu.
The other student who was injured is an 18-year-old male teenager, who received a flesh wound on one of his legs.
The shooter and his accomplice were arrested by the police, who seized a revolver, ammunition and a knife.
The police also found an apology letter in a backpack justifying the attack, along with newspaper clippings about other school shootings in the United States and Brazil.
According to authorities, the shooter confessed and claimed he had acted because of the bullying he suffered at school.
The police also searched the shooter’s home, where he lives with parents and where long guns and ammunition were found.
Friday’s attack is not the first school shooting in Brazil.
In April 2011, a 23-year-old former student, who had also been bullied, walked into a public school in a low-income neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro and killed 12 students.