A 12-year-old Sichuan girl who had only seen her mother once in the past decade decided to burn down her neighbor’s house earlier this month, in an attempt to force her parents to return to the town and discuss compensation. No word yet if her loving arson was a success.
The girl, whose name is not public, lives in Guang’an, Sichuan, with her grandmother. Her parents had not returned to the town in years, even for Spring Festival, and she had apparently had enough. On March 6th, she set fire to her neighbor’s house, saying that, “If I did something big, my mother would come back.”
Townspeople aren’t quite as sentimental and, although no one was seriously injured in the blaze, they have called the girl an “enemy” who “did such a stupid thing.” Authorities estimate that she caused some 50,000 yuan worth of damage, and the girl has been mandated to undergo therapy.