At least three children, a teacher and a school assistant have been killed after a teenager burst into a daycare centre and attacked the people inside with a machete.
The horror incident took place in the city of Saudades, in the West Zone of Santa Catarina, Brazil on Tuesday, May 4.
The nursery, called Creche Aquarela Berçário, teaches children between two and six years of age although the ages of the victims have yet to be confirmed by authorities.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 11am on Tuesday, May 4.
Police have said they apprehended an 18-year-old man following the incident who was taken to a local hospital in a very serious condition.
The Fire Department is also at the scene.
One of the victims has been named as Keli Adriane Aniecevski, who had been teaching at the unit for about 10 years.
“She was a cheerful person, always willing, friendly, charismatic always, helping others when she could. So, it is a sadness that I cannot explain, I have no explanation for that,” said the teacher’s cousin Silvane Elfel.
Governor of Santa Catarina, Carlos Moisés, wrote on Twitter: “Devastating news of the slaughter recorded in the municipality of Saudades victimizing children and teachers at a daycare center this Tuesday morning.
“My solidarity with families, the school community and all residents of the welcoming city of our West.
“All the energies of the security forces in the region must be used to clarify this tragic episode.”
Secretary of Education of Saudades, Gisela Hermann said: “”We got there, a scene of terror. I managed to enter the school. I had a face lying on the floor, but still alive, a dead teacher, a dead child too. The room was closed, they wouldn’t let us in.”
He added: “I am in shock. We are all in shock.”
The municipality has 9,800 inhabitants and is located about 70 kilometers from Chapecó, the largest city in the West of Santa Catarina, and 600 kilometers from Florianópolis.
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