Man Sentenced to Death in China for School Attack

A man accused of attacking school children in Taixing, Jiangsu has been sentenced to death. From AFP:

Twenty-nine children aged four or under and two teachers and a security guard were injured when Xu attacked them with the cleaver at Zhongxin nursery school in Taixing city on April 29.

Xu, who had been jobless for nine years, told the court his motive was to vent his rage against society, but he appealed against a death penalty, saying the punishment was too harsh because he had not killed anyone.

A string of school attacks has shocked China in recent weeks. Police have been ordered to beef up security at school compounds and nearby residential communities.

Four of Xu’s young victims were gravely hurt, according to official media, but there have been Internet reports claiming a number of the children died in the attack, which occurred in Jiangsu province.

Xinhua said that the court decided that even though Xu did not succeed in killing his victim, “his criminal motivation was extremely despicable, his means extremely cruel, his plot especially evil.”

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