Brazil school gunman left angry videos and letters

By Juliana Barbassa
Associated Press / April 16, 2011

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Videos, photos, and written documents left by the man who shot to death 12 public school students were released yesterday and reveal an angry, delusional character whose rambling messages parallel in part those left by the Virginia Tech student who killed 32 people in 2007.

Wellington Oliveira, 23, killed himself after carrying out the April 7 massacre in the Rio de Janeiro school he attended as a child. The country was shocked by the magnitude of the killing; there had never been a school shooting like it in Brazil.

In videos and letters, Oliveira mentioned God, quoted the Bible extensively, and discussed the quotations in long, rambling passages. He also said the attack was motivated by the bullying and humiliation he suffered as a student and continued to suffer into adulthood.

He cited Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho as “a brother’’ along with a Brazilian teenager who in 2003 shot and wounded six students in the school where he had studied, then killed himself.

Oliveira thanked the two for their “bravery’’ and for leading the way.

Like Cho, Oliveira referred to others who were bullied as brothers. Oliveira and Cho blame school officials and bullies for the attacks they were about to commit.

“I hope this serves as a lesson, especially to those school officials who stood by with their arms crossed as students were being attacked, humiliated, ridiculed,’’ Oliveira said in one video.

“I want to leave very clear that I am not responsible for the deaths that will occur, even though my fingers will be on the trigger. . . . Each time you see someone making fun of someone else for their physical appearance, the clothing, or any reason . . . remember that type of person is responsible for all these deaths, including my own.’’ top stories on Twitter

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