Chen Peiquan, an English
teacher with a history of mental problems, stabbed six students and a
teacher in a dormitory at Yang Gan Middle School, killing four of them.
He was arrested after fleeing to the roof of the building.
Teacher goes berserk, kills 4
January 27, 2003
Beijing - A teacher with a history of mental illness
went on a rampage at a school in southern China, slashing four students
to death with a vegetable knife and wounding three others, including a
teacher, according to authorities.
Chen Peiquan was arrested on Saturday at Yang Gan
Middle School in Guangdong province, said an official at the public
security bureau of Suixi county, where the school is located.
It was not immediately clear what had triggered the
attacks, he said.
Like Chen, all the victims lived in the teacher's
dormitory, according to the Yangcheng Evening News. About 16:00, Chen
began knocking on doors and cut whoever answered with the knife, said
Three students were killed immediately and the fourth
died in surgery, said a doctor at Suixi People's Hospital.
Chen fled to the roof when police arrived and was
taken into custody after a struggle, the newspaper said.
Chen, 35, has lived in hospitals for months on end
since his mental illness began six years ago, said one official. The
school did not pay for the stays and Chen, who earned about R870 a month,
could no longer afford medical care and medication, said the official.
The case is under investigation.
stabs seven in China, three children and a teacher die
January 28, 2003
An English teacher killed three children and injured
another three in a rampage with a knife at a school in southern China,
officials said Tuesday.
A teacher also died. A hospital official said one of
the injured children was in a coma.
Chen Peiquan knocked on doors at a teachers'
dormitary at the Yang Gan Middle School in Suixi county, Guangdong
province and randomly stabbed whoever answered, a local police official
He fled onto the roof of the school when police
arrived and was taken into custody after a struggle Sunday.
It was not immediately clear what triggered the
attacks but local police and school leaders said Chen had a history of
The school head, named Zhou, said the 35-year-old had
lived in hospitals for months at a time over the past six years but
defended the school employing him.
"Since Chen became ill the school has always paid
what the school should pay for him," he said.
"They have never cut his medical fees. Chen was sent
to the hospital sometimes for two or three months, sometimes for more.
"The last time he returned with a certificate which
said he was ok.
"That's why we let him teach."
He said no one had noticed anything untoward in the
days before his bloody rampage.
A local newspaper said the school paid nothing for
Chen's treatment and he could no longer afford the medication he needed.