A migrant worker, angry at a Guilin school for rejecting his son’s application, was the perpetrator—and a casualty—of the explosion that left two dead and 44 injured on Monday, reports South China Morning Post. The man drove his three-wheeled motorcycle to the school’s front gate and detonated the explosion, injuring nearby school children and passersby.
South China Morning Post reports:
“The blast happened just a few metres from the school’s entrance. That’s why the casualty count was high, because many adults were accompanying their children to the school or were passing by the site,” [an anonymous source] said.
“According to the initial findings, the man was in his 30s and had argued with the school’s management after he was told his child was not qualified to gain admission,” the source said. […]
An assistant principal of the school, who refused to give his name, said yesterday that places in the school were very limited and many children of migrant workers were on the waiting list.
The shortage of educational opportunities in cities for such children has long been a problem and a source of resentment.
This is far from the first time that an angry citizen has harmed others while attempting to draw attention to their plight; the arsonist/petitioner in Xiamen this June, and the Beijing Bomber in July being prime examples.