12-year-old boy is finding it difficult to go back to school after hacking his mother to death with a knife in her bedroom.
On the night of December 2nd in the Hunan city of Yuanjiang, the mother, surnamed Chen, discovered that her preteen son, surnamed Wu, had stolen and smoked four packs of cigarettes that she had brought home from a banquet. As punishment, Chen beat her son with a belt, according to a Beijing News report.
Taking “revenge” from that beating and other previous instances of “strict” parenting, Wu later attacked his mother with a kitchen knife in her bedroom, stabbing her no less than 20 times. Afterward, he left his mom lying on the bedroom floor and locked the door behind him. He then used his mother’s phone to write a message to his school, saying that he was sick and wouldn’t be in the following day.
The next morning, Wu’s grandfather came to visit and found Wu playing with his 2-year-old brother. Wu told his grandpa that his mom had gone out to the city. Later that afternoon, the grandfather became suspicious after still not hearing from Chen. Eventually, he peeked in through her bedroom window, seeing the room covered in blood and Chen’s dead body on the floor.
In China, the age of criminal responsibility is 14, meaning that Wu ended up being released from police custody after just three days without receiving any punishment.
The kid was released into the care of his father, a migrant worker who had hurried back home when he heard about what had happened. Wu’s dad is now trying to get his son back into school, however, parents of other students have protested against allowing Wu anywhere near their kids.
When Wu’s father tried to take his son to school, the boy was rejected by administrators. Now, he is calling for the government to step in to make sure that his son gets an education. It’s not yet clear how officials will manage the situation.