In China, a man climbed the wall of a school building and sprayed a corrosive substance on the kindergartners inside, hurting 51 kids and 3 teachers.
The 23-year-old defendant, only recognized by his surname, Kong, cut wires and climbed over a wall into the Dongcheng Kindergarten in Kaiyuan, Yunnan province, where he sprayed sodium hydroxide on children and staff about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Around 40 minutes later, Kong — who officials think was doing everything alone — was taken into custody. Local police think he carried out the attack as an act of revenge on society.
The dozens of students and their teachers were brought to local hospitals — where 2 of the injuries are deemed as severe but not life-threatening.
Exposure to sodium hydroxide can create irritation to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes, as well as an allergic reaction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eye and skin burns, as well as temporary hair loss, can also happen.
This is not the first time grade-school students have been targeted in China in current years.
Back in March, a kindergarten teacher in the eastern part of the country was detained 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 heavy object.