A kindergarten teacher in China has been found guilty of poisoning 25 children which resulted in one death.
Teacher Sentenced to Death for Mass Poisoning
A Chinese court sentenced Wang Yun to death after she poisoned over two dozen students after having an argument with a rival staff member.
The Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province called the kindergarten teacher’s motives “despicable” and “vicious.”
The Monday ruling declared “She should be punished severely in accordance with the law.”
Wang apparently had an argument with another teacher at the Jiaozuo school over how to handle and deal with the children.
Afterward, on March 27, 2019, the now-convicted teacher put nitrite into food given at the school which was meant to be consumed by the other teacher’s students.
Wang had ordered the poisonous nitrite from online which she then brought to the school.
Nitrite the Key Poison Used
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nitrite is toxic and a likely carcinogen used in fertilizers, food preservation and even munitions and explosives.
When ingested at high levels, it can prevent the human body from absorbing oxygen properly.
This was not Wang’s first time with trying to poison others, she had previously been caught trying to poison her husband after an argument that took place in February 2017.
Not the First Time Teacher Used this Method
She also used nitrate and poured in into her husband’s glass which resulted in minor injuries.
One parent told China’s state-run tabloid Global Times that he got a call from the school saying that his child was vomiting and fainted. Once the dad arrived at the kindergarten, his child was unconscious.
“The vomit was all over (their) pants. There were other children who were also throwing up, and they looked pale,” the father, surnamed Li, said.
The teacher’s sentencing came after new allegations of child abuse have surfaced.
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, state media Xinhua said.