Within minutes, seven kindergarten students and a teacher were hacked to death at 8 am on Wednesday in northwest China, stunning the nation with the fifth and deadliest school attack in less than two months.
Officials warned that media reportage is instigating ‘copycat crimes’ by the disgruntled and mentally ill.
But the series of attacks in separate cities in east, south and north China have spread speculation and concern that knifing kindergarten students may be turning into a bizarre dissent against society in a system where protests are controlled.
Wu Huanmin, 48, who barged with a kitchen cleaver into the private kindergarten in Linchang village in Shaanxi province, left after killing five little boys, two girls, and a female teacher.
He reportedly escaped and committed suicide at home. Nearly the entire classroom was bleeding, with 20 injured, reported the Xinhua agency.