Man stabs, kills 10-year-old boy in re­venge

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By MA ZHENHUAN in Hangzhou mazhen­huan@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

A re­cent case in which a fa­ther stabbed a 10-year-old boy to death at school in Zhe­jiang prov­ince has stirred heated de­bate about ad­min­is­tra­tors’ roles in the preven­tion of bul­ly­ing on cam­pus.

The fa­ther, 36-year-old Lin, stabbed the boy, sur­named Ye, who is a class­mate of Lin’s daugh­ter, with a knife at Long­shan Ex­per­i­men­tal Pri­mary School in Ruian, Wen­zhou, on Fri­day.

The boy was rushed to the hospi­tal but died from his wounds, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal po­lice.

Po­lice said the as­sailant, Lin, was de­tained and ad­mit­ted seek­ing to re­tal­i­ate against the boy, who he said had struck his daugh­ter in the eyes dur­ing an English class two days ear­lier. The girl was in pain but did not see a doc­tor be­cause the in­jury seemed mi­nor.

The lo­cal news­pa­per, Ruian Daily, re­ported that the teacher re­buked the boy in class, but for un­known rea­sons the boy didn’t make a pub­lic apol­ogy to the girl as her par­ents had de­manded. The teacher said the girl was not struck de­lib­er­ately.

The Ruian Ed­u­ca­tion Bureau con­vened an emer­gency meet­ing on Sun­day, call­ing on all pri­mary schools and kinder­gartens in the city to en­hance se­cu­rity and safety mea­sures by con­duct­ing reg­u­lar pa­trols of their cam­puses. It also ar­ranged coun­sel­ing ser­vices for the stu­dents in the class, as well as for the rel­a­tives of the dead boy.

Pros­e­cu­tors in Ruian in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

“I think the school should bear re­spon­si­bil­ity for neg­li­gence in cam­pus safety su­per­vi­sion, and the teacher in the class should pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions to play down such a mi­nor col­li­sion be­fore it es­ca­lates into a tragedy,” said Zheng Jian­juan, the mother of a 10-year-old boy in Zhe­jiang’s cap­i­tal, Hangzhou.

How­ever, Gong Yaodong, the fa­ther of a stu­dent at a for­eign lan­guage school in the are prov­ince, said the teacher han­dled the is­sue and tried to solve the class­room con­flict in a proper way.

“It is Lin’s psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tor­tion that caused the tragedy — tak­ing ex­treme ac­tion against the 10-year-old boy,” he said.

On­line ru­mors re­lated to the case have sur­faced. A 29-year-old blog­ger from Ruian, sur­named Wang, was given five days of ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion for dis­turb­ing so­cial or­der after spread­ing ru­mors on WeChat, news por­tal zjol.com.cn re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice, Wang fab­ri­cated ru­mors claim­ing that Lin, the sus­pect, had killed a per­son be­fore but was later re­leased for psy­chi­atric rea­sons.

YU FANGPING / FOR CHINA DAILY

A child checks out a fig­urine dis­played by in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from Ghana on the cam­pus of China Univer­sity of Pe­tro­leum in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince, on Tues­day. An ex­hi­bi­tion high­light­ing China-Africa co­op­er­a­tion and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive was held to com­mem­o­rate the 65th an­niver­sary of the univer­sity’s found­ing.

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