11/12/2019, 16.23
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Madman attack kindergarten, throws caustic soda at 51 children and three teachers

The victims of the attack were hospitalised, two with “severe symptoms”. Police arrested an unbalanced 23-year-old. For the authorities, “the lack of family warmth resulted in psychological distortion.” In recent years, Chinese schools have seen a spate of fatal attacks.

 

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Three teachers and 51 children in a kindergarten in south-west China were injured by a man who broke into their school and sprayed them with corrosive liquid, said today local authorities in Kaiyuan, Yunnan province.

The suspect, a 23-year-old surnamed Kong, entered the kindergarten by climbing a wall before spraying the victims with sodium hydroxide, a substance also known as caustic soda that can irritate or burn the eyes and skin.

The attack took place yesterday at 3.35 pm. The affected children and teachers were hospitalised, two of them with “severe symptoms”. Less than an hour later, police arrested the attacker.

In a post on their Weibo account, the authorities said that "Because his parents divorced during his childhood, the lack of family warmth resulted in psychological distortion”.

His work and life were unsatisfactory as well. And all this created a "pessimistic mentality and thoughts about retaliating against society", they added.

Violent attacks against schoolchildren are not uncommon in China, which has seen a spate of deadly incidents over the past few years, usually involving knives.

In April 2018, a 28-year-old man killed nine middle-school students on their way home in northern China's Shaanxi province. The killer, who claimed that he had been bullied in school, was executed in September 2018.

The following month, a knife-wielding woman injured 14 children at a kindergarten in Sichuan province. The 39-year-old assailant slashed students whilst they were returning to the classroom after morning exercises.

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