Man assaulting 12 pupils diagnosed to suffer from schizophrenia
The man who assaulted and injured 12 pupils of a primary school in
Panshi City, northeast China's Jilin Province, last Friday, was diagnosed to
suffer from schizophrenia.
The local police said Wednesday that Liu Zhigang,
30, the assailant, is a jobless resident of Mingcheng Town. He lived together
with his 80-year-old father and used to have a history of lunacy.
produced by the General Hospital of Neuropsychosis of Jilin City, the provincial
capital, concluded that Liu suffered from schizophrenia plus melancholy during
the attack, so he could not be held responsible for his behavior.
has thus released Liu from detainment and left him in the hospital for
At about 9 a.m. last Friday, Liu, who carried a kitchen knife,
entered the Central Primary School of Mingcheng Town by scaling up the school
fencing, first attacked the students of the first grade in the school, and then
cut his own throat. He was soon restrained by school staff and police, who
rushed him to hospital.
The injured pupils, five boys and seven girls, who
have been hospitalized since the assault, are now in stable situation. They are
expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday.