Tuesday, September 06, 2011

School children killing in China is too common so a mass slashing is an improvement but?

Daycare staffer stabs kids, wounding 8 in China: A staff member slashed children with a knife at a daycare center for migrant workers in eastern China on Monday, wounding eight children, one seriously. The attack took place at noon at an informal daycare center in Shanghai's suburban Minhang district, home to many migrant workers.The female attacker was taken into custody and police were investigating, said Zhuang Liqiang, an officer in the information services department of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau. He did not provide further details. Chinese schools and nurseries have increased security following a spate of gory rampages in schools and other public places in recent years that left dozens of people dead and injured.

Last year we discussed: With school back in session China's child killing spree continues
China child killing spree continues, highlighting who needs guns? Where there's a will there is a way! With school on hiatus the killing stopped and people relaxed their vigilance. School is back in session and due to increased societal anxieties the killings of young innocent children at schools that should be a haven continues.

In the latest butchery of young school children and their teachers a man identified by state media as Fang Jiantang, 26, reportedly attacked kindergarten students and teachers with a two foot long knife Tuesday in a suburb of Zibo, killing four and injuring 20 staff and children then he calmly turned himself over to police. Four killed in attack on kindergarteners in China

Chinese child killer executed for school stabbing massacre | The ... That was a great deterrent!

April 12: A man kills a second grader and an elderly woman near an elementary school in the southern Guangxi region, a day before he was to be sent to hospital for psychological treatment.

April 28: A teacher who had been on sick leave since 2006 for mental problems injure at least 15 pupils and a teacher in a knife attack at a primary school in Guangdong province.

April 29: A man attacks children with a knife used to slaughter pigs, injuring 29, in Jiangsu province.

April 30, 2010: Five children are injured in a school in eastern China after a man attacks them with an iron hammer before burning himself to death.

The mystery over a series of vicious attacks on schoolchildren across China deepens as reports emerged indicating that the man who had committed the deadliest round of slaughter came from a tight- knit village where the children and their families knew the killer, perhaps seeing him near the school almost every day.

Meanwhile in Hangzhou, the provincial capital of Zhejiang Province, police officers detained a woman after she stormed into a youth center brandishing a rusty knife.

The assailant in one of the murderous butcheries Wu Huanming, 48, was the landlord of the Shengshui Temple private kindergarten and had been having frequent disputes with the school administrator, Mr. Wu barged into the school with a kitchen cleaver and hacked and killed Ms. Wu and a student beside, then wounded 18 other people. Ms. Wu’s 80-year-old mother and six pupils later died of their injuries. Mr. Wu killed himself at his home.

The attack in the village of Linchang, in Shaanxi Province, was the deadliest of five attacks in a deadly two months on students by middle-aged men armed with knives or tools, and it left many Chinese, from top security officials to fearful parents, scrambling for clues to explain the outbreak of violence. Seventeen people had been killed and nearly 100 wounded in the separate attacks, which appear to be copycat crimes.

China had 8 child stabbing in a month. In a country where you get put to death for doing something wrong these continued slaughters of young children prove the death penalty is a worthless deterrent as we know here in America. This in a country where the average citizen does not have a gun but has access to one kind of knife or the other. Beyond the increasing stresses of life today all around the world I still find this hard to believe in China.

I do not see these stresses relieving but only increasing and for all countries. That said I will never understand killing or hurting another human being let alone elderly, sickly, women and children. This proves that as our situation degrades people will increasingly lash out using whatever means possible to harm and kill others to relieve their anger. I believe in some sort of gun control to curtail unnecessary slaughter of innocents but where there is a will there is a way.

With school back in session the slaughter of children in China hopefully will abate this year but we already have a mass slashing at a daycare.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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