Terrifying drug cartels are trying to recruit children into their ranks by taking over schools, offering students money and amusing them in their customized armored vehicles
Drug cartel assassins stormed into schools with guns, trying to indoctrinate children into drug dealing.
This week there were multiple reports from across Mexico about various cartels taking over schools and trying to lure students into a life of crime.
In Zacatecas state, gunmen from both the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Sinaloa cartel entered a number of schools.
According to Blog Del Narco, teachers at one school were forced to cancel classes for 141 kindergarten, elementary and high school students.
Speaking to local media, a teacher said: “They took the liberty of going to the toilet.
“Sometimes I was teaching the class and they just kind of came in.
“They would go into the store and offer them money or give them something, just like that.”
Another teacher claimed that cartel members lent their customized armored vehicles to teenagers.
Classes have now been canceled in Sarabia, Palmas Altas, Cieneguitas and Guadalupe Victoria in Zacatecas, a state on the frontline of the war between the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Teachers said the rising tide of executions, kidnappings and extortions also played a role in the decision to cancel classes.
According to government statistics, Zacatecas had the highest homicide rate of any Mexican state in 2021.
One parent said: “My child attended the same [school] here, but things got complicated and the teacher told me we would continue online.”
There were similar reports this week from the state of Guanajuato south of Zacatecas.
A school in Salvatierra’s Urireo district had to cancel classes due to threats from the CJNG, who then forcibly closed the school and spray-painted their initials on the front gate.
The school remains closed despite angry parents filing complaints with the Attorney General’s Office.
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