Police arrested a woman in Yunnan province who admitted to feeding kindergartners tainted pizza rolls, resulting in the death of two children.
The woman, 44-year-old Zhao Jianzhi, confessed to police in Qiubei county that she entered a classroom of napping four- to five-year-olds at Jiajia Kindergarten on March 19 and put out a bag of Pizza Rolls laced with rat poison.
According to SCMP, the children woke up and ate the snacks. Two students later died in a hospital, and it’s unclear how many were sickened by the poisoned food.
Zhao told cops that the act was done out of revenge to the school, which took over her apartment’s lease, forcing her to leave. The school had apparently been operating without proper certification since last year, and the school’s owner was in police custody when the poisoning occurred.
What’s most disturbing is that this is just one of many recent cases involving deadly poisonings at kindergartens. Last month, two children died and several more were hospitalized after they reportedly ate rat poison at a kindergarten in Yunnan. That happened just a week after a kindergarten in Shaanxi province was closed down for administering antiviral drugs that were sickening students.
Five days ago, a headmaster at a kindergarten in Hubei was sentenced to death for killing two students with rat poison-tainted yogurt last year over a feud with a rival school.
Parents are calling on authorities to oversee supervision at schools, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission has launched an inspection of all mainland kindergartens as a result of the tragic string of events.