Two students have been killed and 20 more injured following a stampede earlier this morning at a primary school in Henan province.
The deadly stampede occurred while students were going to the bathroom at a school in Puyang County, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported. However, the cause of the stampede is still under investigation.
Images from outside the school following the stampede have gone viral on Chinese social media. Videos also show ambulances arriving at the school to rush kids to the hospital.
In the past, stampedes have broken out at Chinese schools due to overcrowding and shoddy construction. Back in 2014, six kids were killed in a stampede at a Kunming primary school. Later, family members of the students killed and injured in the stampede protested in the street to demand an explanation from school officials.
In 2013, four students were killed at a Hubei province school after a wall collapsed, causing a stampede, and in 2009, eight students were killed and another 26 injured in a stampede which occurred in the stairwell of a Hunan primary school.
China’s most infamous stampede took place in Shanghai at the end of 2014 when 36 people were killed during the overcrowded New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Bund. The tragedy caused Chinese officials to (briefly) begin paying closer attention to crowd sizes, and led to “stampede survival drills” at a primary school in Zhejiang province.
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