The Institution of the Protector of Citizens follows with great sadness and disbelief the media reports about the tragic event in the elementary school "Vladislav Ribnikar" in Vračar in Belgrade.

On the occasion of this morning's tragedy, the Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pašalić, warned that, whatever the motive of that minor's act, this tragedy is the ultimate warning that as a society, we have passed the critical point of growing violence, unfortunately, among children as well. In just a generation or two, we have reached a phenomenon that was unimaginable three or four decades ago, Pašalić pointed out.

I call on the whole society, from parents to educators and representatives of the legislative and executive branches, but also children, to pay much more attention to prevention, education, but also to the contents that our children absorb daily from social networks and the media, the Protector of Citizens pointed out.

Zoran Pašalić, on his own behalf and on behalf of the institution, expresses his deepest condolences to the parents and everyone who lost a loved one this morning, in the hope that today's case will remain the first and only one, and that the society in Serbia will succeed in rising above the challenges that present times bring in the whole world.