We were just beginning to hope this terrible trend had come to an end. Today around noon a staffer at a temporary daycare facility on Minhang Rd in Shanghai went on a rampage with a box cutter, injuring 8 children. The victims were all 3 and 4-year-olds, and they suffered injuries to mostly their necks and heads. They were rushed to the Fudan University Hopsital for treatment, and several underwent surgery immediately. Only one boy is believed to have received a life-threatening injury.
The attacks took place on the second floor of the three-story facility. The attacker, who was taken into custody, is a 30-year-old woman who is believed to be suffering from mental problems. This attack will no doubt result in more calls for school and daycare security, when authorities should rather be focusing on the root of the problem: China’s tragic mental healthcare system.