By James Griffiths
Sad news out of Guangxi province; three children have been killed and 13 injured after a man with an axe attacked them in a day care centre in Pingnan County. Xinhua reports that the man burst into the centre on Friday afternoon and “slashed 16 children” with a wood chopper. The suspect, surnamed Wu, has since been arrested.
This case is worryingly similar to the spree of attacks on schools that took place in 2010-11, leaving at least 21 children dead, including one in a day care centre in Shanghai. At the time, Professor Joshua Miller blamed the stresses of modern life and a changing society for the attacks. “The string of school attacks occur when society causes stress on people, like rapid social change, mass migrations, increasing disparities in wealth and weakening of traditions,” he added that the targeting of children may be a specific way for people to call for help and attention.