BEIJING — A person wielding a knife killed two college students and injured two others at an elementary college in central China on Wednesday, in keeping with the native authorities.
The assault occurred early Wednesday morning at Baijiaping Township Wanquan Elementary College in Ningyuan County, Hunan Province. A quick assertion issued by Ningyuan County on its official WeChat social media account stated that the 2 injured college students had been taken to a hospital. Reached by phone, an official surnamed Feng on the public safety bureau of Ningyuan County stated the injured college students have been in steady situation however declined to supply extra particulars.
The assertion stated that the suspect, a 31-year-old man surnamed Zheng, had been taken into police custody. Officers supplied no particulars on the motivation behind the assault. The incident continues to be below investigation.
Movies circulating on-line confirmed a big crowd of anxious adults carrying umbrellas gathered exterior the college gates.
Gun violence is uncommon in China, the place possession of firearms is strictly regulated. However Wednesday’s violence was the newest in a string of knife assaults on Chinese language colleges lately, including to persistent considerations amongst mother and father about college security.
Within the final 12 months, knife assaults have occurred at colleges in Shaanxi Province, in Shanghai and within the southwestern Chinese language metropolis of Chongqing. In January, a person attacked and injured 20 kids with a hammer at an elementary college in Beijing.
The frequency of faculty assaults has proven few indicators of abating even supposing perpetrators of such crimes in China are sometimes dealt extreme punishment, together with the dying penalty.
Specialists have stated the spate of faculty assaults could be attributed partly to a scarcity of high-quality psychological well being care in China and rising frustrations about social inequality and injustice. Some have pointed to a collection of lethal stabbings of kids in 2010 because the inspiration for later copycat assaults.
Some customers on Sina Weibo, a Chinese language social media platform much like Twitter, reacted to the information of the assault in Hunan on Wednesday by calling for the dying penalty for the attacker. Others expressed disappointment that after so a few years, the issue of faculty assaults had not but been resolved.
“Once I was in elementary college, there have been many assaults like this,” one consumer stated. “Faculties organized drills and employed many safety guards with anti-riot gear to protect the gates.”
“It’s arduous to imagine that now I’m about to graduate from school and people are nonetheless doing the identical factor, though the period has modified,” the consumer added.