China — A man is in custody after he killed eight school children and wounded two others on the first day of school in China on Monday.
Police say the 40-year-old man, identified only by his surname, Yu, had recently served time in prison for attempted murder.
It’s not clear what the man’s motive was for attacking the elementary school children in Chaoyangpo Village of Enshi City in the Hubei province.
Witnesses report that he attacked the innocent children with a meat cleaver.
The children, excited for their first day of school, didn’t stand a chance against the madman.
By the time police arrived, the man had already murdered eight children and injured two more.
The police did not elaborate on how they subdued the man, but did report that he’s in custody.
While private gun ownership is all but illegal in China, that hasn’t stopped mass killings.
This isn’t even the first mass knife attack in China, either.
- In January of this year, a disgruntled former employee with a knife attacked a school in Beijing and injured more than 20 students.
- In June 2018, two children were murdered by a knife-wielding man outside their elementary school in Shanghai.
- In April of 2018, a former pupil who wanted revenge for being bullied went on a killing spree and killed nine children and injured twelve more outside their middle school.
It’s not the guns. It’s not the knives. And making schools into Gun Free Zones isn’t the solution.
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