murdering two children outside of a primary school in Shanghai last year.man has been sentenced to death for
On June 28th, 2018, Huang Yichuan waited with a knife outside of the Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district. When school got out for lunch, he followed behind a group of students and started slashing, also injuring another child and a mother
Police said that Huang had confessed to having committed the crime as a way of “taking revenge on society.” He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, however, the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court found that the condition did not significantly influence his ability to control his behavior during the stabbing.
In fact, Huang was discovered to have planned out the crime, visiting and taking photos of primary schools and kindergartens in Shanghai and Guangzhou the previous year, apparently while deciding on a target.
The court said that Huang believed that he had been bullied and hurt by others and therefore decided to vent his anger by murdering innocent children. Because of the severity of his crimes, he was given the death penalty.
Unfortunately, vicious stabbings involving schoolchildren are nothing new in China. In the early part of this decade, there was an extremely troubling string of incidents involving men bursting into schools and hacking down as many children as they could.
With tight restrictions on guns in China, assailants were forced to use knives or cleavers to carry out their massacres. The government pinned the blame of these attacks on those with mental health problems looking for easy targets.
While the number of these kinds of school stabbings has certainly decreased in recent years, they still do happen from time to time. The most recent one occurred in April of this year in Hunan province where a 31-year-old manstabbed to death two kids at a primary school.