Vucic says school shooter to be hospitalized


Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the boy who killed eight people in a Belgrade elementary school will be hospitalized in a mental health clinic.

“The boy is in a special place now and will be moved to a special ward of the Neuropyschiatry Clinic,” he said, adding that there are a lot of stories and lies on social networks which he refused to comment.

“Serbia is united in sorrow, so great that we don’t remember any greater… we have to look at the causes, responsibility of each of us, search for solutions,” he said.

According to the president, the police did its job before the shooting. “They were there before classes started, a policewoman did rounds at the school, talked to everyone, did her job not routinely but professionally and in good faith,” he said. Vucic said that the security guard who was killed even exchanged text messages with the shooter.

The president said new measures would be introduced following the first ever school shooting in Serbia. Those measures include lowering the age limit for criminal accountability from 14 to 12. Under Serbian law, the shooter will not face criminal charges because he is 13.

The proposed measures include a moratorium on the bearing of firearms, a review of firearms permits, control of the way weapons are stored and checks of shooting ranges. Vucic also wants adults charged if they allow minors access to firearms, a ban on violent content in the media, semi-annual drug tests for high school students, the introduction of a service with mobile teams to deal with peer violence and a ban on dark net sites.

Vucic said those measures are his proposal to the Serbian government.

The president also read out the boy’s medical records.