China has school stabbings


School attacks in China

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A series of uncoordinated mass stabbings, hammer attacks, and cleaver attacks in the People’s Republic of China began in March 2010. The spate of attacks left at least 90 dead and some 473 injured. As most cases had no known motive, analysts have blamed mental health problems caused by rapid social change for the rise in these kinds of mass murder and murder-suicide incidents.[1]

As the Chenpeng school attack was followed by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in the United States hours later[2][3] comparisons were drawn between the two. The difference in gun control laws between the two countries was used to explain the disparity in casualties of the school attacks by journalists and politicians, including U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler,[4][5] and an article in the Associated Press noted that despite the different outcomes, an underlying commonality between the attacks was the increased frequency of school attacks because “attackers often seek out the vulnerable, hoping to amplify their outrage before they themselves often commit suicide.”[6]



Prof. Joshua Miller, chair of Social Welfare Policy at Smith College, attributed the attacks to stress caused by “rapid social change, mass migrations, increasing disparities in wealth and weakening of traditions.”[59] Some sociologists believe some of these attacks may be due to the PRC government‘s failure to diagnose and treat mental illness.[20] The perpetrators may feel victimized by stress due to the rapid social changes[20] in China during the last 10 years caused by the privatization and decreased social security of China’s reform and opening period. During this time, more and more migrant workers from rural areas have moved to cities such as Shanghai to find jobs. However, because they do not have social security (because of the hukou system), many of them do not have health insurance. Because of the financial crisis of 2007–2010, some have lost their jobs, which is stigmatized in China, and have had to return to their native villages jobless and unemployed. The choice of schools for most of the attacks means they could be copycat crimes.[20][59]

Another factor is China’s male-based gender imbalance cause by the one child policy, in which there are a lot of single men frustrated at the dating market in China and their low prospects. They are then more likely to resort to violence.

Since the recent spate of attacks, many parents are now worried about their children’s safety in schools and have since asked local officials and school governors to step up security at the schools. The education ministry has formed an emergency panel to tackle the violence and some local police authorities have distributed such instruments as steel pitchforks and pepper spray to security guards in schools. However, not all schools increased their security because of lack of funds to hire extra security. The state media has also been keeping news of these attacks quiet by deleting forum entries on the internet and releasing few facts on the incident for fear of copycat crimes and mass panic. In May 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao commented on the school attacks and said that the “social tensions” in China must be addressed. He also said society was changing rapidly and that subsequent changes in policy were needed. Why these attacks have been specifically targeted at young school children is not entirely explicable, however.[60]

Following the Chenpeng school attack, the Chinese government began posting security guards in schools throughout the country. It was planned that all schools have a security guard by 2013.[61]


3 killed, 6 injured during a kindergarten killing spree in C China’s Jiangxi

By Global Times Published: Aug 03, 2022 04:50 PM Updated: Aug 03, 2022 04:41 PM

Three people were killed and six others injured, including toddlers, in an attack at a private kindergarten in Anfu county, Central China’s Jiangxi Province on Wednesday. The assailant is suspected to have been armed with a knife, which was used during the killing spree that sparked outrage on Chinese social media, and the police are now hunting down the fleeing suspect.

Local police said in the statement that the assailant was wearing a cap and a mask, and initially identified him as a 48-year-old local male surnamed Liu, without disclosing the ages and identities of the victims.

In addition, information circulating on Sina Weibo, which has not yet been confirmed by authorities, shows that the assailant used a knife to stab several children in the kindergarten, almost all under the age of six, and some children are still in the hospital for treatment.


By Nectar Gan and Ben Westcott, CNN Updated 0608 GMT (1408 HKT) June 9, 2021 As the United States routinely faces the tragedy of mass shootings, China is struggling to put an end to its own threat to public safety: indiscriminate stabbings. /1

Over the weekend, six people were killed and 14 injured after a knife-wielding man stabbed passersby on a pedestrian shopping street in the eastern Chinese city of Anqing. Videos circulating on social media show wounded pedestrians lying on the pavement, covered in blood. /2

The incident is the latest among a spate of public attacks in China in recent months. With guns strictly controlled and out of reach for ordinary people, knives have become the most common weapon used in such atrocities. /3

But while China’s strict control on guns has sharply reduced the number of casualties in public attacks, it has seemingly failed to address the root causes that repeatedly trigger these types of tragedies. /4


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