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Monterrey Pre-Schoolers sing through Shootout

Saturday, May 28, 2011 |

A brave pre-school teacher calmed her young students fears by creating a sing along while five men were executed in a shoot out near the school.

According to El Norte, five men were executed by a group of armed men traveling in several pick ups.

The incident took place in pirate taxi hub in La Estanzuela, just south of Monterrey. Initial reports state the place was known to be a point of sale for drugs.

It has been reported one of the deceased has been identified by his wife and declared an innocent victim of the crime, the other four were taxi drivers who also served as "halcones" for organized crime.


Translation of Video:

Yes, sweetie, everyone on the floor. Little ones... what? What, sweetheart? No, nothing's happening love, just put your little faces on the floor... with your... sweeties, put your little faces on the floor. Nothing is the matter, nothing is going to happen to us, just don't get up please. We are going to sing a song! We're going to sing... I know which one! Yes! If rain drops were made of chocolate, I would love to be there... Who wants chocolate!?

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25 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

That tape was awesome. That teacher did a great job keeping those kids from panicking.

J said...

One of the stories I don't even like reading, picturing little kids singing, while brutal violence is unfolding yards away is pretty heavy and disheartening. I like, as much as anyone to comment and discuss the logistics and players in the shootouts and killings, but this the other part, regardless of whether CDG did this, or Zeta, or whatever, little children were scared for their lives because of this, and that is heartbreaking, or whatever appropriate description.

Anonymous said...

What a shame. Thank God those children were not hit. Are they too young to perceive the underlying fear and danger hovering over them like a fog? Or will those inescapable circumstances manifest themselves into some kind of social damage in the future?

- N. Kingpin

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

This is BS, this criminals need to die. I remember when I was a child going to school in Texcoco Mex and we didn't have to had this type of problems. I went to school in Texcoco my entire life.

J said...

criminals dying is what caused this in the first place.

Anonymous said...

This was hard for me to stomach... it's really sad to see the violence so bad that it's close to a school. I guess I should be happy that nobody in the school died. Still, I wonder about the psychological effects on everybody...

Anonymous said...

This is sad, I almost cry,..

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I am insulted by an article and shame on you Borderland Beat for putting this article here and give us Mexicans a badder image. People this is not the normal in Mexico at all and these events happen in certain areas of Mexico, this article reeks hate propaganda.

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

criminals dying is what caused this in the first place.

Yes I do believe that because when the big boss die everybody want to take his place, but if we had capital punishment things will be different.

Anonymous said...

"May 28, 2011 7:54 PM" What???????? Are you living under a rock? propaganda is if this was made as if it was not happening, I live in Monterrey and we live this every day.

Anonymous said...

@May 28, 2011 7:33 PM
@May 28, 2011 7:53 PM

Hard to stomach or almost cried? Really? Are you that soft and cowardly? My people live this everyday but common now...the kids were fine and the teacher did a great job. If that was hard for you I could only imagine how the video of Joaquin Gallegos would make you feel haha.

Ovemex said...

@7:54 pm

@7:54 pm
Hate propaganda? Seriously?

It was never said that this is happening all over Mexico, the post states it happened in Southern Monterrey near a pre-school that just happened to be near a point of sale/pirate taxi hub/halcon hang out.

I have no intention of creating a "badder image" of Mexico. As for you feeling insulted, you SHOULD be insulted by the fact that these children had to live such an experience and that there was a well known point of sale/pirate taxi hub/and halcon hangout near their school, NOT by the fact that it was reported.

Saludos,
Ovemex

Anonymous said...

@@7:54 pm

"Badder image"... you're the one that's giving us Mexicans a bad reputation. You should really speak spanish instead, it would be much better than that bad excuse of english you use. Abusado!

P.S: I live in Monterrey, and this happens everyday, it's hard to believe, but here on Borderland Beat, you guys read 'bout like 1/10 of the stuff that really happens over here.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

@May 28, 2011 8:37 PM

Yes, this kind of thing is hard for me to stomach. It saddens me that people have to live in fear for their lives, especially innocent people that have done nothing wrong. I commend the teacher for calming the kids, though. And I'm happy to know that they turned out OK.

Maybe my sensitivity can be attributed to the fact that I don't live anywhere near Mexico (I live in the northwest part of the US), and therefore I don't have to live in fear of my life -- it's not something I ever think about on a daily basis. (Which, by the way, I am increasingly thankful for.) So, when I hear of things like this, it freaks me out because I'm not used to it at all.

And if you thought my reaction here was extreme, you should have seen how I reacted the first time a friend of mine who lives in Monterrey told me, many months ago, about the violence -- I went completely nuts and it took me about a day to get over it.

@May 29, 2011 12:37 AM

Seriously? This kind of violence happens every day? Now I feel even worse, and I hope that the violence ends one day... although I'm not surprised too much, since I noticed that El Universal has news about crimes in Monterrey that Borderland Beat doesn't (sí, sé un poco español, pero no lo puedo hablar perfectamente).

Anonymous said...

That teacher is a hero.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:54

Instead of worrying what people are saying about Mexico, maybe you should worry about what Mexico says about itself:

40% of girls in Michoacan dream of having a narco boyfriend

http://www.terra.com.mx/noticias/articulo/1122189/Suenan+con+novio+narco+40+por+ciento+de+ninas+michoacanas.htm

Anonymous said...

May 28, 2011 7:53 PM
Anonymous said...
This is the first time I am insulted by an article and shame on you Borderland Beat for putting this article here and give us Mexicans a badder image. People this is not the normal in Mexico at all and these events happen in certain areas of Mexico, this article reeks hate propaganda.


Please don't take this as an insult or showing a Bad image of Mexico because in despite of what was occurring outside the School, I was very impressed by the bravery the Teacher showed in keeping her Students, I just wish we had Teachers her like this in the USA.

Anonymous said...

@May 28, 2011 7:53 PM

Things like this have happened in the U.S.. However, people who live in the area say this is normal? Aren't you ashamed that these children are being subjected to this and it is a "normal everyday" occurrence? Rather than worry about what is being reported on this site why do you not do something about this?

As for the teacher, I have the absolute highest respect for her. You are blessed that she is with those children. She, and the children, deserve so much better.

Anonymous said...

@May 28, 2011 7:53 PM
Anonymous said..Badder image?? wtf?

Anonymous said...

People, you really need to share this. Please.

Anonymous said...

It is very true that borderland beat doesn't have not even 2% of the things happening in mexico but not even the news know EVERYTHING that happens in Mexico. Stop saying this makes mexico look worse because it is bad, its horrible., Im from cilla de santiago do you have any idea how it is here? trust me its worse than monterrey so calm your self down. Nuevo leon and tamaulipas is infested with rats, theres killings everyday, kidnappings, extortions, everything so please dont say this makes mexico look bad. IT IS BAD. as for the story itself its sad that these little kids have to go trough this because of some cowards, may godbless mexico and stop all this violence.

Anonymous said...

Jesus's arch angels will arrive and have no mercy for thy lord has passed judgement on those that have caused misery... lord let the gates of heaven to bring your wrath...

Anonymous said...

FELICITO A ESA MAESTRA KE ADMIRACION CAUSO X TODO EL MUNDO. TODO X LOS MALDITOS NARCO TRAFICANTES K NO TIENEN VIDA Y KIEREN DESTRUIR LA DE LOS DEMAS.DENUEVO FELIZIDADES A ESA MAESTRA.

Anonymous said...

Pobresitos babys ma ke valiente es la maestra mi respetos GOD BLESSED MEXICO

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