This MSNBC story illuminates the sheer terror that any one would have felt hearing the screams of children from a place of education.
School is supposed to be a place where children can be safe – learn, play, eat, make friends…
At this Beijing elementary school however, a man entered, stabbing 28 children, two teachers and a security guard using an eight-inch blade.
It raises two issues in within global social norms.
Firstly, it’s been a central rallying point for those trying to show that guns are not the source of violence, and that instead people are.
Secondly, it’s another call for better care for mentally unstable individuals, as was the criminal that stabbed children at the school. Although the Westernized world has developed an arguably strong system for the mentally handicapped, some countries, including China, have been slower to catch on.
It’s not uncommon for those that are mentally unstable and left to take care of themselves to commit crimes like these. It’s not something they can often control and it’s the primary reason that better institutions need to be established for their care.