A Man,23, climbed the wall of a school premise in China and spread a corrosive thing on the kindergartners indoors — burning 51 kids and three teachers, according to new reports.
The 23-year-old defendant, only recognized by his last name, Kong, cut wires and climbed over a wall into the Dongcheng Kindergarten in Kaiyuan, Yunnan province, where he sprayed sodium hydroxide on kids and faculty around 3:30 p.m. Monday, the South China Morning Post reported.
About 40 minutes later, Kong — who authorities consider was acting alone — was taken into charge, according to the report. Local police think he carried out the attack “as revenge on society,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency stated.
The dozens of pupils and their teachers were brought to local hospitals — where two of the wounds are considered serious but not life-threatening.
Kong purchased the caustic soda from an e-commerce website, the Kaiyuan municipal government told in a statement received by the Morning Post.
Sodium hydroxide can create stress to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes, as well as an allergic effect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eye and skin burns, as well as short hair loss, can also occur.
This isn’t the first time grade-school students have been targeted in China in recent times.
Back in March, a kindergarten educator in the eastern part of the country was held on charges of intentionally poisoning 23 students’ food with sodium nitrite.
In January, a 49-year-old ex-employee at a Beijing school wounded 20 children with a hammer.
Last November, a car turned into a crowd of children outside a primary school in northeastern China, hitting five people and injuring 18.
And in October 2018, a knife-wielding 39-year-old lady injured 14 kids at a kindergarten in the western Chinese city of Chongqing.