The Class(room) War: Assaults on China's Schoolchildren

China Daily / Reuters; Alexander F. Yuan / AP

School daze Fearing further attacks, schools — like this one in the city of Nanchong, Sichuan province — have beefed up security

Wu huanming had problems. The problems he faced weren't exceptional — the 48-year-old landlord suffered from diabetes and an inflamed prostate, a tenant owed him money — but his response certainly was. On May 12, Wu went to a private kindergarten housed in a ramshackle building he owned. The school's rent was overdue, and Wu believed the principal had caused his medical problems by cursing him with a dead snake. Armed with a cleaver, he hacked 50-year-old principal Wu Hongyin to death, along with her 80-year-old mother and seven children. He then went home and killed...

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