With great disbelief and sadness I have received the news about the terrible shooting that occurred in “Vladislav Ribnikar” Elementary school in Belgrade, Serbia today. It is unimaginable that something like this occurred.

Schools must be safe places for children, not places of tragedies and sorrow. It would not be appropriate that I discuss the motives and background of this tragedy, but I appeal to everybody that we must make great efforts to work with young people, educate them, and do everything possible to prevent tragedies like this. It is obvious that concrete actions are much needed.

There were human casualties, and doctors are fighting for the lives of several students of this school. This is a great tragedy that sincerely shook all the citizens of Serbia.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander