Photo: Students in Nuevo Leon
Drug Cartel practices have hit basic education schools in Nuevo Leon. Teachers and psychologists report cases of students being charged a “flat charge” by their peers, to attend class. The fellow students claim to carry weapons and be part of local cartels. A director of an Escobedo municipality secondary recounted how his teachers arrived one morning at school to find 15 students fleeing from another school where they had suffered extortion at the hands of their peers. “They charge 5, 10, 20 pesos, sometimes 100 pesos for letting them get to school. They charge students and the faculty of the school.”
Another case is recorded in a public high school south of the City, where a student used to intimidate students and teachers with a gun. Another teacher said some students issue death threats. “They say, ‘My dad is zeta and will kill you.’” Most do not report the extortion out of fear. A similar situation was reported in schools in Jalisco, where a 15-year-old student was charging fellow students to use the restroom.