Attacks on school children in China become worrisome

Observers are becoming worried over the increasing attacks on school children in China in recent years. The attacks are becoming worrisome as most of them are carried out by knife-wielding assailants, believed to be mentally disturbed or bearing grudges against individuals or society.
In China, private ownership of guns is illegal as such knives and homemade explosives are primarily used in such attacks.
Even though the violent crime rate in China’s tightly controlled society remains relatively low, the attacks on school children have continued despite increased security presence at schools being ordered after some 20 children were killed in 2010.
Some social scientists have blamed school attacks on the deficiencies of the health system in diagnosing and treating mental illness.
With the formerly roaring economy slowing considerably, professional burnout and other economic factors are also beginning to come into play.
On Monday, a 25-year-old man wielding a knife killed six people and wounded one at a kindergarten in southeastern China.
A news outlet, Dafeng News, reported that he was arrested following the 7:40 a.m. attack in Lianjiang, a city in Guangdong province. Witnesses said the attacker’s child had been struck earlier by a car belonging to one of the people killed at the school. One of the people killed was a teacher at the kindergarten.
Also on Friday, a court in central China said Wang Yun, a Chinese kindergarten teacher who had poisoned 25 of her students, killing one, has been executed.
The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the Henan province city of Jiaozuo, in a notice posted outside it, said the sentence on Wang, 40, was carried out Thursday. She was convicted of putting toxic sodium nitrite in porridge served to children at Mengmeng Pre-school Education on March 27, 2019, following an argument with a colleague identified as Sun over “student management.”
While other students recovered fairly quickly, one student, identified only by the surname Wang, died from multiple organ failure after 10 months of treatment, the notice said.
A high-school dropout, Wang had previously poisoned her husband with the same substance bought online two years ago. He survived with mild injuries.

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