A father, disgruntled because his daughter’s elementary school would not allow the child to register for the new school year because she didn’t complete a homework assignment assigned during her summer break, went to the school located in China’s Hubei Province and stabbed three of the school’s young children to death on the morning of Sept. 1. The father, identified as Chen Yanfu, stabbed and wounded six more people before killing himself by “jumping to his death,” according to The New York Times.
Police in China’s municipality of Shiyan broke the news earlier today in a statement released on their microblog. The six people Chen wounded after fatally stabbing the three youngsters included five more students and one teacher.
Police say that the stabbings took place in the school’s “fifth-grade classroom on the first day of school.” Reportedly, Chen forced his way into the classroom at 10:20 a.m. this morning, and using a fruit knife, viciously stabbed his victims. The three youngsters died while being transported from the school to a nearby hospital. Two of the other youngsters stabbed are listed as having suffered severe injuries.
Fatalities at Chinese schools at the hands of murderous adults have become increasingly more common over the last few years. “Several such assaults in recent years have raised questions about security measures at schools and about the root causes of the anger on the part of the adults.”
2010 was an especially deadly year at Chinese schools where numerous students and educators were killed and injured, according to the BBC. In one tragic instance, a man distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend stabbed eight students to death. That individual was executed soon following his deadly rampage. “Another knife attack in 2010 saw at least three children killed and more than 20 students and staff injured at a Chinese kindergarten in Shandong province.”
Today’s stabbings at the Dongfang primary school ended with the distraught father jumping off a building and killing himself. Police described Chen as being in his forties.