A new crime wave stunned China recently. From March 23 to May 19, seven school killings across China were reported by news media. These pre-meditated crimes appeared to be random killings targeting innocent children (see box).
TIMELINE: China School Killings in the Last Two Months
March 23: Zheng Minshen, 41, killed eight students and injured five with a knife outside a school gate in Nanping City, Fujian Province.
April 12: A man, 40, went on a stabbing rampage as students left Xizhen Elementary School in Hepu County, Guangxi Province, killing an eight-year-old student and an elderly woman, and wounding five others.
April 28: A man brandishing a knife injured 18 students and a teacher in an elementary school in Leizhou City, Guangdong Province. The 33-year-old suspect Chen Kangbing was a teacher at another public school in Leizhou City, on “sick leave” since February 2006.
April 29: Xu Yuyuan, 47, broke into a kindergarten class of 4-year olds in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, stabbing and wounding 29 children and three teachers.
April 30: Wang Yonglai, 45, wounded five preschoolers with a hammer in the Shanzhuang Elementary School of Weifang City, Shandong Province. He then doused himself with gasoline grabbed two children and set himself on fire. Teachers pulled the children away before he died at the scene.
May 12: A cleaver-wielding man, 48, killed nine including two adults and injured eleven in a kindergarten in Shaanxi Province. He committed suicide after the attack.
May 19: Six men in their teens or early 20s with knives burst into a dormitory at the Hainan Institute of Science and Technology and injured seven students.