Chinese man hurt 5 children before killing himself


A man identified as Wang Yonglai, a farmer from Shangzhuang Village, soaked in gasoline barged into a primary school and hit five tiny tots and their teacher with an iron hammer at Shangzhuang Primary School in Weifang City in the east.

After the gruesome act, Wang Yonglai, a farmer from Shangzhuang Village the man yet to be identified committed self-immolation, official Xinhua news agency reported.
As the wave of attacks continued, authorities also increased police patrols outside schools and campuses, and educational institutions were ordered to hire full time security staff.

When he was stopped by teachers and staff, he grabbed two children and set himself ablaze. The two children were pulled away by teachers, but the man died on the spot.
All five injured children had been taken to hospital, where doctors said their conditions were all stable and not life-threatening, he said.
The attacks reportedly being carried out by depressed unemployed men to vent out their anger hogged the headlines in the tightly controlled domestic media overshadowing the coverage of the multi-billion dollar Shanghai Expo being organised by China to show case its industrial might.

The expo expected to be visited by 70 million is due to be opened for public tomorrow.
Analysts say that the attacks if anything else exposed the soft under belly of the undercurrents of China's social, political and economic order driving some of the marginalised people to lunatic acts of violence.
Today's attack took place even as the perplexed Chinese government ordered more security for lakhs of schools across the country with a set of guidelines for teachers and parents.

Eleven school children have been killed and 64 others including few teachers injured in six gory attacks since March in different parts of China sending shock waves among people.

More shocking are the confessions by attackers, mostly failures in China's fast changing social and economic order, proudly proclaiming that they chose to target primary schools because they are soft targets to vent their anger frustration against the powerful elite.
Chen Kangbing, the 33-year-old art teacher, who attacked a primary school in Leizhou of Guangdong province on April 28, stabbed 15 students and a teacher and said he chose to do so to have an "influence" on society.
Yesterday, 47-year-old Xu Yuyuan, who lost his job, attacked children and adults with a knife.

Xu attempted to cut throats and heads of the children aged around five years, state-run China Daily quoted a school official as saying today.
However, Xinhua today quoted police as saying that Xu carried out the attack in anger at a series of business and personal humiliations.
On March 23, Zheng Minsheng (42), a former community clinic doctor, stabbed eight primary school children to death and seriously injured five others in Nanping, Fujian province.
An investigation found Zheng acted out of frustration at failures in his romantic life and in society.

Zheng was executed by a firing squad three days ago after Supreme Court confirmed death sentence against him. The Chinese media published five attacks on schools which took place in different provinces since March 2.
"Students don't have much ability to protect themselves. So some adults will target weak children instead of people more powerful than themselves as a way to vent frustration," said Zhu Li, a professor with the school of social and behavioural sciences of Nanjing University.

"Zheng sets a very bad example for copycats. Some people may not have thought about stabbing school children, but due to the media's coverage of such a case, they got an idea. But we shouldn't blame the media. They just reported the facts," he said, adding that perhaps the attacks pointed to a fact that there are many people living in the lower strata of society and more should be done to care for them.
Si Jun, a police officer in Gulou Police Station in Nanjing, Jiangsu's capital, today said that station had set up a "campus security team" composed of 70 security guards armed with batons and pepper spray.

The team under the police station would carry out security patrols in and around schools and kindergartens in Nanjing from Saturday.
The Public Security Bureau in Xicheng District, Beijing, has rushed 300 police "forks," long poles attached to semi-circular prongs used to contain assailants, to local schools and kindergartens, Xinhua reported.

A bureau spokesman said the weapons could arm civilian security forces in schools and improve their self-defense abilities. The bureau had also sent policemen to teach security staff and teachers how to use the weapon.
In cities like Beijing, Chengdu and Hangzhou, police cars were today seen patrolling near schools and kindergartens.
In Changsha, capital of the central Hunan Province, a security patrol team of students' parents was set up in a primary school on Thursday.
Liu Weidong, a member of the team, said many parents volunteered to do the job in shifts. The patrols were encouraged by the school.

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