The trial of the parents of the 13-year-old boy who killed nine classmates and a janitor at a Belgrade school in May will soon begin. The boy’s father was arrested on the day of the massacre, and then from custody, Kurir writes, he tried to attribute his property to another, he denied guilt, which was also confirmed by the mother of one of the murdered students.
What touches us as parents is what we had the opportunity to see, and that is the immeasurable, indescribable coldness of the whole family. Father says ‘What you blame me for, I don’t feel responsible’. He is the one who took the child to the shooting range, the weapon is his. He gave permission for the child to train with firearms,” said Maria Petrovic, mother of one of the murdered boys. She added that she was one of the mothers who questioned her son at his trial against his father. During this questioning session, she had asked him if he knew he had killed her son. “He said he did… Without any emotion. His voice was flat for four hours.”
At an interview with Kurir about her son’s death, Maria spoke about how much love she had for him and how important it is not to spoil children with too much love and pampering. “We loved our children unconditionally,” she said. “But we did not spare love in our family. We taught them to be independent and responsible from an early age.” She added that every parent should remember that their children need to learn responsibility from themselves and not rely on their parents for everything.