Here's a report on one yesterday's Jiangsu attack:The Times wrote: Five children hurt in third China school attack in three days
Five young Chinese children were battered with a hammer when a farmer burst into their kindergarten class early this morning, stunning a nation already in shock after two school attacks in 24 hours.
The man used his motorcycle to ram through a gate to the school in Weifang in eastern Shandong province in what appeared to be third copycat assault in as many days before burning himself to death.
The farmer, Wang Yonglai, struck at a teacher who tried to block his entry and then wielded a hammer against kindergarten toddlers, injuring five.
He grabbed two children from a pre-school class at the Zhangzhuang Primary School before dousing his body in petrol and setting himself alight. Teachers had time to pull the two children to safety.
None of the children had sustained life-threatening injuries.
China is already reeling for attacks on schoolchildren that have provoked panic among parents and a string of emergency security measures by schools nationwide.
In Beijing’s Western District, all kindergartens, primary and middle schools have installed emergency two-metre high metal barriers outside schools. In southern Nanjing’s Drum Tower district school security guards were being equipped with police truncheons and pepper spray. In central Changsha, parents had created volunteer teams to escort children to and from school.
A day earlier a 47-year-old unemployed man rampaged through a kindergarten in southeastern Jiangsu province slashing at children with a knife, wounding 29 children aged four or five along with two teachers and a caretaker. Five of the children were in serious condition with two still in intensive care.
Xu Yuyuan was finally subdued by neighbours who attacked him with a fire extinguisher and a mop.
Mr Xu told police he carried out the attack in anger after a series of business and personal humiliations. Mr Xu, described as being quite well off, said it was his “revenge on society.
On Wednesday, a 33-year-old man with a history of mental illness rushed through classrooms in a primary school in southern Guangdong province, hacking at random with a foot-long knife and wounding 16 pupils and a teacher.
The wave of copycat school attacks coincides with poor care for the mentally unstable and growing feelings of social injustice in a country undergoing rapid transformation after 30 years of market-oriented economic reforms.
Reuters wrote: Chinese man stabs children in kindergarten
(Reuters) - A knife-wielding man injured 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China, state media reported on Thursday, the fourth such stabbing case in recent weeks.
Xu Yuyuan, 47, an unemployed local man, broke into a classroom in Taixing city of eastern Jiangsu province on Thursday morning, attacking the children with a 20 cm long knife, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The injured children were all about four years old, and five are in critical condition, it added.
Xu has been jobless since he was fired from a local insurance company in 2001, and then took part in pyramid selling schemes, Xinhua added.
The attack is the fourth reported school stabbing in China in recent weeks, and the rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect students in a country where many couples only have one child.
A man stabbed 16 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern China on Wednesday, the same day that a former doctor was executed for stabbing to death eight school children last month.
"More concrete measures should be taken to make school the safest place," a commentary in today's Beijing News said, calling for more serve punishment for these killers.
Some Chinese people have taken to the Internet to discuss the root causes of the increasing number of school tragedies.
"We should think about these cases from a deeper side, the voices of weak people were ignored, and then they took revenge on society," said one commentary on the online Bulletin Board System of Tsinghua University (http://www.newsmth.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;).
A commentary by the official China Youth Daily, shortly after the first stabbing, said that in addition to beefing up security at schools, the government should offer more psychological counselling across the country.