A kindergarten teacher has been sentenced to death by a court in central China for poisoning 25 students, killing one of them, after an argument with a colleague.
In a ruling this week, which came after more than one year, the Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province described killer Wang Yun’s motives as “despicable” and “vicious”.
“She should be punished severely in accordance with the law,” it said.
The court was informed that Wang had quarrelled with another teacher at the Jiaozuo kindergarten over “how best to handle the students”. Later, on March 27, 2019, Wang bought nitrite online and added it to porridge supplied by the school, intended for the other teacher’s students.
At the time of the 2019 kindergarten poisoning, one parent told China’s state-run tabloid Global Times that he had received a call from the kindergarten saying his child had vomited and fainted. When he arrived, his child was unconscious.
“Children vomited all over (their pants They looked pale,” the father, surnamed Li, was quoted as saying.
Previously caught trying to poison her husband
Wang had previously been caught trying to poison her husband, surnamed Feng, in February 2017 after an argument. On that occasion, Wang poured nitrite into a glass used by Feng, causing minor injuries.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nitrite is toxic and a likely carcinogen used in fertilisers, food preservation and even munitions and explosives. At high levels, it can stop the human body from properly absorbing oxygen.
Fresh allegations of mistreatment of kids
Wang’s sentence comes amid fresh allegations of the mistreatment of children at a kindergarten in northern China. Eight parents claimed to have found unknown needle marks on their children’s heads and bodies after they returned from Zhaojun Dingqi Kindergarten in Hohhot, in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, the state media reported.
According to Xinhua, when asked about the needle holes, the kids told their parents that their teacher stabbed them with “toothpicks” and “red needles” for not behaving in class — and ordered them to not tell their families.
In a statement, Xincheng Police said three women had been detained on suspicion of “torturing children under their guardianship”, although the case remains under investigation. The Dingqi kindergarten said in a statement that while the school apologiSed for the concern and worry caused to parents, it had not yet found any evidence to substantiate the claims.
“At present, (we have cooperated with the police to provide relevant surveillance footage and equipment, and cooperated with the investigation by the public security department,” the statement said.
In November 2017, a Beijing kindergarten teacher was sentenced to 18 months in prison for piercing four children in her class with needles. Police said the teacher, surnamed Liu, was using the needles to “tame” children, according to state-run tabloid Global Times.