Thank God It’s Not Friday
Last Friday, Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and murdered 27 people in cold blood before taking his own life. As we all know by now, most of Lanza’s victims were children between the ages of 6 and 7.
What people may not know is that another horrible attack took place the same day in the village of Chenpeng in central China. That’s when 36-year-old Min Yongjun, a clearly disturbed man who also suffers from epilepsy, entered an elementary school wielding a kitchen knife and proceeded to stab, cut and slash 23 students, including 7 first-graders.
The night before, Yongjun beat his parents and children, wandered the streets, broke into an elderly woman’s home and stabbed her several times. Around 7 a.m. the following morning, he headed for the school.
According to local police, Yongjun was some kind of doomsday fanatic who wanted to “do things to impress the world of his existence” before the world came to an end on December 21st. This is the day the Mayan calendar supposedly identified as the end of the world, although experts around the globe have discounted it.
Friday was a terrible day for children both here in the U.S. and abroad. Let’s hope that this Friday passes by uneventfully.
Posted on December 20, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged China, commentary, crime, current-events, Elementary school, Maya calendar, news, perspectives, school violence. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.