By Katie Nelson
A university student in Nanjing was stabbed to death with a fruit knife by his roommate on Tuesday night after an argument broke out between the two, China Daily reports.
The 22-year-old student surnamed Jiang, who forgot to bring his key, knocked on the door of the dormitory and asked his roommate, surnamed Yuan, to open the door for him, according to the Jiangning district police. But when Yuan opened the door several minutes later the two students had a fierce argument before Yuan grabbed a fruit knife from a bookcase and stabbed Jiang in the chest, police said.
“Yuan didn’t open the door in the first place because he was playing an online computer game,” said Wang, a 19-year-old student from the college who asked to be identified only by his last name.
Yuan, 24, was apprehended by police and detained the following morning.
A statement issued by the university, Nanhang Jincheng College, said that the two students had gotten along fine prior to the attack.
While the Shanghai Daily emphasizes the murder as being video-game related, perhaps in another attempt at correlating video games and violence, this particular case more relevantly emphasizes the growing number of crimes taking place across Chinese campuses.
The murder in Nanjing occurred the same day that a Shanghai college student, Huang Yang, was confirmed dead after reportedly being poisoned by his roommate.
According to Xiong Bingqi, a deputy director of the 21st Century Education Research in Beijing, more and more violent crimes like these have been occurring across China’s campuses in recent years.
“The lack of awareness of the law and a sense of teamwork, as well as various kinds of psychological problems have all contributed to the current situation,” Xiong told China Daily.
“It’s a pity that school violence hasn’t received enough attention in China. Instead of seeking solutions, many people just read the news, criticize related crimes and then forget about them.”