China beefing up school security with police steel forks following recent attacks on schoolchildren

| April 30th, 2010

China’s recent series of attacks on schoolchildren and even children in kindergarten stirred up public outrage.   In response, schools all over the country took actions to improve security on campus.

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Yesterday, April 29, a man burst into a kindergarten in Taixing, Jiangsu province and stabbed 25 children and three adults.

And it was just one day ago, on April 28, a teacher carrying a knife broke into a primary school in Guangdong province in southern China and stabbed 15 students and a teacher.

17 days ago, on April 12, A mental patient stabbed many primary school children outside (400 meters out) of a primary school in Guangxi province.  2 children were killed and 5 injured.

One month ago, on March 23, in Nanping, Fujian Province a man appeared to be mentally ill brandished a knife at the entrance of Luantong Nanping experimental elementary and continuously stabled and cut 13 elementary students. 9 children were killed.

After hearing all of these one can’t help but the wonder, what’s happening to Chinese society?  Ryan McLaughlin wrote on Lost Lao Wai:

What the hell is going on? I know times are tough, I know there is huge economic disparity between the rich and the poor, I know nobody likes you, I know your boss made you lose face, I know society looks down on you, I know your parents beat you. But why the fuck do you feel your only out is to go to a primary school with a knife and start stabbing kids?

From Netease:

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In response to the recent frequent campus murders, many schools have began the work of strengthening school security.  On April 29, many middle school, primary school and kindergartens in Beijing are to equip with nearly 200 police steel forks, to be used against the attackers.

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In the classroom of Beijing 3rd middle school policeman and the teacher are practicing on how to use the steel fork against the attacker.

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April 29, the police is guarding the entrance of the kindergarten in Taixing, Jiangsu province.

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70 security guards equipped with batons and pepper sprays are sent to schools campus and kindergartens in Gulou District, Nanjing.

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  1. elenore says:

    Only Cowards attack defenseless children.Sweet babies.I am sorry for these children and parents.Every child should feel safe at school.Good for China teaching teachers to protect students, too bad crazy losers made it get to the point where teachers have to learn defense for schools which should be considered off grounds for violence by everyone.

  2. keius says:

    Pepper spray with a long range would be effective. I can’t see guards carrying these forks around. Most likely they’ll all be sitting in a corner of some office if anything happens.

    Hasn’t China ever heard of tasers???
    Too cheap to spend money on them i guess.

  3. GuoBao says:

    Only a true criminal mastermind of an attacker would figure out to grab that fork thingy and twist it a bit. Clearly that never occurred to that guy in the picture “I keep swinging the knife but I can’t hit the guy with the fork. What’s going on?! If only there was something I could do”

    Seems like yet another on those half-assed instant solution ideas that somebody thinks is the perfect way to calm the population down. Sadly if people want to do something like this there is very little we can do to stop a determined individual though if you already have guards at the school a step in the right direction would definitely be to hand them some pepper spray as keius mentioned. Haven’t heard of “long range” pepper spray though hehe but anyone who has tried the stuff knows that one spray and a kick is enough to disable an attacker wielding a knife.

  4. AlleyCat says:

    Today a farmer attacked kindergarten students with a hammer, injuring five, before burning himself to death. Sociologists suspect the recent school rampages could be copycat actions. Meanwhile government media seem to either ignore or play down the attack, perhaps to discourage any further copycat attacks or to avoid overshadowing the opening of the World Expo in Shanghai.

  5. NiceGai says:

    I wonder what the impetus for these attacks are. “mentally unstable” doesn’t go very far to explain why children are being targeted, especially for so many similar attacks. Has there been any research into the motivation behind this, instead of beefing up security and other reactionary measures?

  6. keius says:

    All you have to do is take a good look at the US.
    Remember Columbine High? And the slew of copycats or attempted copycats that cropped up afterwards? Putting up these attacks on schools in the news is like advertising for more people to copycat. Look up “columbine copycats” on a good search engine and you’ll find some expert analysis on why this copycating junk happens. It’s a fame thing…going out with a bang for most…sigh.

    Yaknow, one good thing about the fork is that to grab it right..they’d have to drop whatever weapon they’re currently wielding….but if they get the fork..i suppose they could bash in childrens heads with it…
    Also on the pepper spray..different products have different effective ranges…more pressure and all. Some work better than others. The effects diminish with range but if it makes them drop their weapons, you can’t really complain.
    I remember seeing a video clip years and years ago..i can’t seem to find it now.
    It showed someone getting sprayed. The perp tried to wipe his eyes and stabbed himself in the face with his knife :P Now don’t you wish that happened to these childkillers? :)

  7. CBC says:

    It does make me wonder why these attacks are on primary school children. Yes they are easy targets but they’re innocent. I can understand High Schoolers and Post Secondaries, but come on Primary. That’s just low. One thing for certain in Mainland is we can expect a swift execution on those attackers.

  8. Wang Er says:

    Update on the suspect’s background:

    http://jssq.vnet.cn/news/domestic/248680.shtml

    According to his neighbors, Xu Yuyuan has an outgoing personality and doesn’t look like a person with mental problems. And Xu is not in a financial crisis. He’s unemployed but his family owns apartments in a building and they get some good money from leasing the rooms to parents who have kids studying in a nearby middle school. He also has a quite capable wife who is doing good business (tutoring and selling kabob and tofu sticks) where Xu sometimes gives his wife a helping hand. Their daughter has a stable job in a joint cooperate and will be married in October. According to people living in the community, there’s no sign of reconstruction in the neighborhood so it should not be related to forced demolition.

    There must be deeper reasons behind this tragedy. Hope inspection will reveal more details.

  9. White Monkey says:

    I am getting all geared up for my metal fork training.. I am by no means a small person so I hope to test the theory behind these things while my school’s ‘bao an’s’ are trying to pin 250lbs of white monkey. This should be fun

  10. Qualia says:

    Within the set of psychosis, there is no logic. The analytical mind is at rest when an attacker is in the throes of passionate killing; the attacker’s reactive mind is at play. Literally, there is no thinking involved. How can he do such a thing? How can an animal (reactively) rip another animal apart without remorse? It is called survival. All living things are surviving. And when a psychotic is surviving, he is acting like an animal. Hence, the hacking of children (in the mind of the attacker) is survival. He is reacting to faulty software. It is akin to your computer acting fine until you catch an online virus—everything worked fine up until that point. Now, if we can just figure out how to reprogram the human mind (safely) then that would be a step in the right direction. Man can get on the moon, but has barely explored the greatest frontier on this planet…the human MIND.

  11. Ausgezeichet!! says:

    Get your mind right!

    http://www.mega-genius.com

  12. Peter says:

    This is really a bizarre phenomenon happening in China. I think the real motives behind fuelling the killers are incredibly complex, and all angles need to be serious considered before passing judgement on these guys (I know kid killers upset us, but let’s not lash out). I personally think Qualia must have hit closest to home among you guys. Although why someone would believe that killer children could somehow become interpreted as survival is anyone’s guess.

    I hope the various governments in China’s provinces and autonomous regions operating to prevent this thing for happening will adopt methods that pose a no-nonsense attitude and are realistic (trash the fork…come on guys. Really?) Tasers for teachers might be a doable solution. It doesn’t look like the police guards are doing anything (Does anyone know if they foiled an attempt to kill children?). I guess I couldn’t hurt to have them stand guard.

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