A tragic incident unfolded in China’s Guangdong province as six people, including three children, were killed in a stabbing at a kindergarten. The police in Lianjiang swiftly apprehended the suspect, a 25-year-old man named Wu. Among the victims were a teacher and two parents, while another individual sustained injuries. Authorities have classified the incident as an “intentional assault,” but the motive behind the attack has not been disclosed.
The assault occurred on Monday morning, when parents were dropping off their children for summer classes. Videos of the incident circulated on Chinese social media, provoking shock and outrage. The surrounding area has been cordoned off by the authorities.
This tragic event aligns with a disturbing trend of knife attacks in China. While firearms are prohibited, there have been numerous incidents involving knives in recent years. Since 2010, at least 17 knife attacks have been documented in schools and educational institutions, with ten of them occurring between 2018 and 2023. Male perpetrators with grievances against society often carry out these acts of violence.
Experts suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic, prolonged lockdowns, and their socio-economic consequences could contribute to the rise in such attacks. The high-stress levels, youth unemployment, and widening wealth gap in Chinese society may intensify feelings of frustration and social deprivation, leading some individuals to resort to violence.
Chinese authorities have heightened security measures around schools and implemented emergency evacuation drills to ensure the safety of students and teachers. Additionally, in response to the latest incident, Beijing has restricted the dissemination of detailed information by state media to prevent potential copycat attacks.