What the hell is going on in China? Witness this horrible rash of stabbing incidents – most victims being young children.
March 23, 2010: Man stabs and kills 8 children:
A former doctor named Zheng Minsheng, 41, was at the gates of Nanping City Experimental Elementary School in China’s Fujian province when he suddenly pulled out a large knife and begin stabbing children. Eight children died and five were wounded. Zheng was said to have a history of mental illness (ya think?) During his trial, Zheng admitted to killing the children because he had been upset after being jilted by a woman and treated badly by her wealthy family. Oh! Well that makes it better.
April 28, 2010: Teacher Stabs 15 Students
A teacher identified as Chen Kangbing, broke into Leicheng No. 1 Primary School in Leizhou, southern China, and stabbed 15 students and a teacher. He didn’t teach at that school, but at Hongguan Primary School in nearby Baisha. Some kind of school rivalry, maybe? Lots of the students had knife wounds to the head; luckily, none of the 15 students were in life-threatening conditions.
The school attack happened on the exact day that Zheng Minsheng was was executed for what he did last month in Fujian. (Chinese justice is swift)
April 29, 2010: Man Stabs 28 Children At China Kindergarten
A 47-year-old jobless man, Xu Yuyuan, burst into a classroom at the Zhongxin Kindergarten with an 8 inch knife, stabbed a guard, then proceeded to attack a kindergarten class of 4 year olds. He ended up slashing 28 kids. 5 children were in critical condition.
A survey of mental health in four Chinese provinces jointly done by Chinese and U.S. doctors that was published in the Lancet in June concluded that China likely had about 173 million adults nationwide with mental health disorders and that most, 158 million, had never gotten any professional help for their problems. Yu Jianrong of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has said “A social environment lacking fairness and justice, in which those who abide by the rules gain nothing, while those who do not can profit, could bring about resistance by the weak against the entire society.”
- 2 weeks ago, a man hacked to death a second grader and an elderly woman with a meat cleaver in southern Guangxi, and wounded five other people.
- In February 2008, two students at the Leizhou No. 2 Middle School were stabbed to death by Chen Wenzhen, a former classmate. Wenzhen broke in, stabbed the students, then committed suicide by turning the knife on himself and jumping from the building’s 5th floor.
- In July 2007, a crazy man with a wrench wounded 18 children and a teacher in a kindergarten in southern China.
- In June 2007, a man slashed four students in a high school in the southeastern city of Fuzhou
- An attack at a Beijing school in 2004 left 9 students dead. Yan Yanming, 21, broke into the central China dormitory at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday and “chopped eight people to death,” Xinhua said. It was the fourth knife attack reported at a Chinese school or day care center for that year.
Nobody knows the reasons behind the surges of these knife attacks in China. Private gun ownership is illegal in China. Perhaps knife control laws are in order.
Update – April 30 2010
New attack on kindergarteners!
Wang Yonglai, a farmer, broke through the gate of the Shangzhuang Primary School in Weifang, attacked the children with a hammer, then set himself on fire. He died, and fortunately none of the students suffered life-threatening injuries.
So… time for hammer control as well?
Uh, hey, China… are you feeling alright? Do you need to sit down and talk to somebody?
Here’s a recent comment that may have merit:
Isn’t it obvious? The lack of women to men ratio is causing anger amongst single men who want a family and children. I’ve always said, unless you send these chaps out to war they will have nowhere but home to unleash their frustrations. Attacking children is getting back at those who have had the “privilege” of having kids.
Update: May 12, 2010
Seven kindergarten children hacked to death!
A 48-year-old man, Wu Huanming, took a meat cleaver to a kindergarten in Nanzheng county (Shaanxi) and killed 5 boys, 2 girls, and 2 adults who ran the school. He wounded 11 other kids before going home and committing suicide. Said one local: “I don’t know why he did it … I hadn’t heard that he was mentally ill. He wasn’t poor either.”
The deaths of children strike an especially deep chord in a country where most urban families are allowed to have only one child, said Yang Dongping, an expert on education at the Beijing Institute of Technology. In five school attacks since March, 18 people were murdered — all but three of them children — and more than 80 were injured. China bans nearly all citizens from owning handguns, and the attackers used knives, cleavers and, in one case, a hammer.