China: Security guard stabs 37 primary school kids, 2 adults
A security guard working at a primary school in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China attacked students and teachers with a knife on Thursday, state media reported. 37 students and two adults suffered injuries. The incident happened at Central Primary School in Wangfu town, Wuzhou city, around 8:30 am (local time). Acting swiftly, the police detained the attacker. The injured were given medical treatment.
The attacker was identified as 50-year-old Li Xiaomin. In a press release, the Wangfu Town government said three people — the school's principal, another security guard, and one student — suffered grave injuries. At least eight ambulances were sent to the spot. Visuals showed one student being carried by adults, and some were being treated with a drip.
One parent told the South China Morning Post, "Around 8.30 am, I heard loud screams and cries from the school as I live nearby. I rushed to the school and saw some pupils run out." He was informed about the attack by an onlooker and rushed to take his boy out. "Fortunately, my son was just a bit shaken but not hurt," he said.
Another parent said many of the injured were students of pre-school, some were as young as six. A clip by Xiaoxiang Morning News showed doctors and nurses treating at least ten students. They had bandages on their head and bodies and were helped by others.
Notably, knife attacks have been on the rise in China lately, as gun laws are quite strict. The disgruntled attackers unleash their horror on students of kindergarten and primary schools. In April 2018, seven children were killed in Shaanxi province when a knife-wielding assailant stabbed at least 19 students. In October, a woman attacked students in Chongqing city, leaving 14 injured.