Class reopens after boy killed
Classes resumed yesterday at a primary school in south China's Guangdong
Province, two days after a man killed a nine-year-old boy and seriously injured
three other children.
Only 16 of the 29 pupils had returned to class by
8:30am, said Fu Guobiao, one of two teachers at Chiling Village Primary School
in Longtang township of Xuwen county. "The others are probably too scared to
All the children were terrified when Su Qianxiao, a
42-year-old villager, forced his way into the building wielding a kitchen knife
at 5:30am on Wednesday.
Nine-year-old Huang Tianhao was killed in the
attack, and his classmate Liu Liming was seriously injured and remains in a
critical condition. Two girls, both seven, were also injured.
the only students at school so early that day.
Su was caught by locals
after he attempted to kill himself by jumping off the school
Two days after, first-grader Su Shaoming said he was still
scared. "All my classmates are scared too. We won't come to school too early
Chinese school children habitually arrive early at school. In the
countryside in particular, most students follow their parents' schedule to get
up at daybreak and go to school.
Since the incident, Chiling Village
Primary School has canceled the morning reading session that used to start at
7:00am, and told children to arrive any time before the first class at
The police have made little progress in their investigation
because they are unable to interrogate Su, who was said to be unconscious and
being treated at the same county hospital as the three injured