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Eight Chinese Schoolchildren Stabbed To Death

Eight children at an elementary school in the city of Nanping in Fujian Province China were killed Tuesday allegedly by a former health care worker with a history of mental illness who stabbed them to death.

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Eight children have been stabbed to death by a former doctor at an elementary school in east China, according to Xinhua news agency.

Five other students were injured after the former community medic stormed the building armed with a large knife.

The attacker was identified as Zheng Minsheng, aged 41, believed to have a history of mental health problems, and recently resigned from his post at a community clinic.

Eight children from Nanping City Experimental Elementary School in Fujian province were killed, and five were being treated at a hospital. Six died at the scene. The school was closed after the attack and students were sent home.

Such acts of unfathomable violence against schoolchildren, which have occurred around the world, are always sickening to learn of.

Tuesday's attack was just another reminder, in a world of them, of the randomness of mayhem. It's a reality we adults have come to know too well and some children learn far too early.