- Violence in Brazil's School System
- Revamping School Security in Brazil
- Why the United States?
The recent violence shown by an individual in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has prompted the National Security Council to propose to the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama, in stepping in and helping the Brazilian government and President Dilma Rousseff. The acts of violence displayed by 24-year-old Welington de Oliveira can be compared to such school shootings at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech. Mr. President, in cooperation with the Brazilian government, we cannot allow similar violent acts to continue. This school shooting was the first mass shooting for Brazil and we need to make it the country’s last. Furthermore, we cannot allow the traditional “drug gangs that control the areas of the city’s slum communities” to continue to spill over and affect the education children receive (Viga Gaier).
As President Rousseff stated last month, your visit to Brazil, Mr. President, shed light on a great possibility that the United States and Brazil could become important partners to one another. If we would cooperate with the Brazilian government in making sure something like this never happens again, it would only bode well for us. “What other country in the world has the oil reserves that Brazil has, that is not at war, that does not have an ethnic conflict, which respects contracts, has clear democratic principles and vision, is generous and in favor or peace” (MercoPress). If the United States and Brazil could organize a joint effort that would increase school security throughout Brazil, the National Security Council truly believes all parties would benefit.
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[...] Violence in Brazil’s School System Mr. President, as I discussed with you previously, there has not been a history of school violence within Brazil’s school system. This should not, however, discourage you from assisting Brazil in this difficult time. Other than the University of Texas Massacre in 1966, which resulted in sixteen deaths, there were no significant acts of school violence in the United States until the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 resulting in thirteen deaths. Since that time, the United States has also experienced the Virginia Tech shooting, which eventually culminated to 32 deaths (de Vries). [...]
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