n an all-too-familiar tragedy, a man with a knife killed two kids at a primary school in Hunan province on Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at around 7:16 am at the Wanquan Primary School in Baijiaping town, Ningyuan county. Two additional students were also injured in the attack, they are reported to be in stable condition. The culprit, a 31-year-old man surnamed Zheng, has been arrested.
At this time, Zheng’s motive for the attack has not been disclosed, though locals have said that the man has a history of mental illness.
Unfortunately, vicious attacks like these involving schoolchildren are nothing new in China. In the early part of this decade, there was an extremely troubling string of incidents involving men bursting into schools and hacking down as many children as they could.
With tight restrictions on guns in China, assailants were forced to use knives or cleavers to carry out their massacres. The government pinned the blame of these attacks on those with mental health problems looking for easy targets.
While the number of these kinds of school stabbings has certainly decreased in recent years, they still do happen from time to time. Last April, a 28-year-old man killed nine kids and injured 10 more in a knife attack near a middle school in Shaanxi province. The man said that he carried out the attack because he had been bullied at the same school a decade ago. He was executed in September.
Last June, a man stabbed two kids to death outside of a primary school in Shanghai. Police said that the man carried out the gruesome attack as a way of taking revenge on society.” A few months later, in October, 14 children were injured after a woman went on a stabbing spree on the grounds of a Chongqing kindergarten.
Most recently, 20 kids were injured at a Beijing primary school in January when a former worker who had been let go went on a bloody rampage with a hammer.