Vittoria, June 17 - A teacher killed by the school janitor had been threatened several times by the man before her death, the woman's family revealed Monday. Giovanna Nobile, who taught religion at the Francesco Pappalardo school in the Sicilian town of Vittoria, was killed Saturday by janitor Salvatore Lo Presti. Nobile died from gunshots to the abdomen. Before then, the janitor had threatened her and other teachers because they had signed petitions to have him transferred to another school, according to Nobile's family. She, "along with other colleagues, had been made the subject of delusional threats from Lo Presti," whom they all feared, they said. The family said the school authorities should have done something about the janitor much earlier, to protect the safety of staff and students. A wave of often fatal violence against women in Italy has been gaining more attention and forcing action from authorities. Last week, the national government named Isabella Rauti, an education professor and journalist, as Italy's policy adviser on gender violence and femicide.
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