A turf war in the border state of Sonora between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel is bringing the fighting closer to children at schools.
In recent weeks, children have been killed in crossfire while others hide under their desks.
One of the most dramatic incidents took place earlier this month in Guaymas, where gunmen loyal to the sons of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, also known as La Chapiza, clashed with those fighter under Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
A video shared on social media captured the moment when a teacher with a shaky voice tells her preschool students in English to stay calm and huddle under desks. The educator even tried to sing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” lyrics during the incident.
— JORGE BECERRIL JB/8 (@MrElDiablo8) December 7, 2022
Days later, a similar incident took place also near a school in Guaymas when gunmen shot up a house hosting a Christmas party. The location was down the street from another school. Students were forced to seek cover at the sound of gunfire at the time. Moments after the shooting, the school principal dressed as Santa Claus to reassure the children they were now safe.
Qué imágenes tan lamentables deja el crimen organizado.
Luego de una balacera en Guaymas, Sonora, Santa Claus tuvo que ir a calmar a los niños de preescolar… ¡Preescolar! Esos niños no tienen más de 5 años.
Pero sigan glorificando la narcocultura.pic.twitter.com/D2IaZsW1gj
— 🎄𖤐El Zombie II𖤐🎄 (@DimeFred2) December 17, 2022
Also this month in Sonora, two children died from stray gunfire. According to Infobae, a young girl died in San Luis Rio Colorado as she was playing outside her home. In the city of Cajeme, a young boy died when a bullet struck him as he made his way to a convenience store. The news outlet mentions at least four children being injured in recent clashes, plus one expecting mother.