Man detained for fatal school stabbing attack

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Police have detained a man they suspect of killing a school principal and critically injuring a student on Tuesday in Xinhua county in the city of Loudi, Hunan province.

Wang Zhichu, 27, is believed to have sneaked into Beidu primary school by jumping over the school's fence at about 1:50 pm on Tuesday. Police say he approached Wang Zhenyu, a 9-year-old third-grader, and stabbed him in the head with a pair of scissors.

Man detained for fatal school stabbing attack

Kang Guimei (left), wife of Yang Jianyi, is overcome with grief as she learns of the death of her husband on Tuesday. [Guo Guoquan/ For China Daily]

School principal Yang Jianyi, 59, tried to stop the attack and was stabbed to death in the ensuing struggle.

The suspect is unemployed and has a history of mental illness. Police detained him on Tuesday evening and Wang Zhichu confessed the next day that he had attacked the pupil and stabbed the school principal to death, police in Xinhua county said.

The student suffered wounds as deep as five centimeters to his skull, China Central Television reported on Wednesday. He underwent two operations on Tuesday night and is now in the intensive care unit of a Loudi hospital. Doctors said he is in critical condition and may not survive.

Upon hearing of the attack, the 28-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter of the deceased principal rushed back from Shenzhen, Guangzhou province, where they are migrant workers.

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