Hubei School Attacker Begged Teacher To Admit His Daughter

A man attacked children and teachers at a primary school in Hubei province of China before jumping off a building in suicide.

A man attacked children and teachers at a primary school in Hubei province of China before jumping off a building in suicide.

This latest report on yesterday’s story of a deadly knife attack at a Hubei school is currently the most-discussed article on Chinese web portal NetEase…

From NetEase:

Hubei Shiyan School Knife Attacker: Had Begged Teachers Four Times to Allow Daughter to Enroll

Yesterday was the first day of school for elementary and middle schools throughout the nation, but a knife attack occurred at the Hubei province Shiyan city Yunxi county Chengguan town Dongfang Primary School. The Yunxi Public Security Bureau [police] has told this China Business News reporter that preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspect Chen Yanfu had barged into the school and wounded nine people with a knife, causing three students and one teacher to die, because the school did not allow his daughter to enroll [did not admit her to the school]. Chen Yanfu committed suicide on the scene by jumping off a building.

Yesterday, Yunxi police chief Wang said during an interview with this China Business News reporter that the initial investigation has revealed that the suspect, Chen Yanfu, was a parent of one of the school’s students, and that because his daughter Chen X did not complete her summer homework assignments, the teacher did not allow her to enroll in time. Chen Yanfu was unable to come to terms with this and hatched notions of retribution. Chief Wang said: “Today was the start of school and enrollment. At Around 10:20am, suspect Chen Yanfu concealed a fruit knife and entered the Dongfang Elementary 5th grade 2nd class classroom as it was distributing learning materials. With the fruit knife, he stabbed the female teacher Liu X as well as eight students. As the police attempted to apprehend him, Chen Yanfu jumped off the fifth floor, dying on the scene.” After the incident, police, teachers, and students immediately took the injured to the county hospital for emergency care, but three of the wounded students (2 boys, 1 girl) died on the way to the hospital.

As of 8:10pm yesterday evening, the seriously injured teacher died despite emergency rescue efforts and emergency rescue efforts were still ongoing for one of the seriously injured students, while the other four students were in stable condition. At present, public security organs are intensifying their investigation of the case. The Yunxi County Party Committee and county government have already established an emergency working group in response to the incident, responsible for work such as organizing medical treatment, investigating the incident, dealing with the aftermath, and maintaining social stability. The Yunxi county police yesterday evening circulated information that according to their investigation, the suspect was Chen Yanfu, male, born 1971 March,

According to “China Internet News” reporter’s incomplete statistics, from 2010 till now, there have been at least 18 bloody school incidents that have happened in the country, with approximately 180 teacher and student casualties at the hands of knife attackers.

Someone from Chen Yanfu’s hometown:

He said he had begged the teacher four times and had almost knelt down [to beg]

As it is understood, suspect Chen Yanfu works in Yunxi county. According to people who knew him well, Chen Yanfu’s daughter normally doesn’t have anyone watching over her, that her academics are indeed poor, and was to graduate from 5th grade to 6th grade in September. After her enrollment was denied, Chen Yanfu had complained to multiple people from his hometown and friends saying he had begged the teacher four times and had nearly knelt before the teacher but the teacher simply would not admit [his daughter]. At the time, some had even urged Chen Yanfu to not get too anxious/worried, and to calmly try talking to the teacher again after school started. According to someone form Chen Yanfu’s hometown, it was clear that his emotional state was very bad, but never thought this kind of tragedy would occur.

Last night, according to Chen Yanfu’s older female cousin, Chen Yanfu and his wife have been working in the South in the past. Three years ago, the couple bought a 7th floor home in Yunxi county Hongguang Community with the money they had saved from work and a lot of money they had borrowed. Not long ago, they were still borrowing money where they could to get the certificate of property ownership. In the first half of this year, Chen Yanfu had broken his right arm while in an accident while riding a motorcycle, and still hasn’t had the metal plate removed. He had been watching his child while he recovered, while his wife had gone to work at a construction site outside the county making meals [for the workers there].

Injured child:

A middle aged man with a knife hacked at whomever he saw

Yesterday afternoon, this China Business News reporter rushed to the Hubei province Shiyuan city Yunxi county Hospital Inpatient Department where the wounded teacher and students had been sent for treatment. On the 10th floor of the Inpatient Department, this China Business News reporter saw that there were police and security guarding the doors to to the rooms with the wounded people, and that apart from parents, no one was allowed contact with the wounded.

This China Business News reporter obtained permission from the parents of one of the wounded students and was escorted into the patient room to learn more details.

Fifth grade student Deng Kun, 13 years old, lay on a patient bed with bandages around his abdomen and leg. Deng Kun says, “Class was about to begin at the time when suddenly a wild man appeared with a knife. We didn’t know what was happening. He first cut me in the belly, and the cut anther boy on his arm.”

Deng Kun says: “The head teacher Chen Changhai who was outside the classroom wrapped his arms around the middle-aged man from behind. Teacher Chen then shouted for everyone to hurry and go downstairs/get outside! That person then used his saw-like knife and hacked or stabbed whoever he saw. Two of our classmates were wounded.”

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AS he spoke of this scene, Deng Kun closed his eyes and said it was too frightening, and that he doesn’t dare think about it anymore.

According to Deng Kun’s relative Xu Wencheng, his child is also in this school, but was uninjured. “His uncle’s child was killed in this incident, was 13 years old, a girl.”

Comments from NetEase:

jinrikang100 [网易辽宁省辽阳市手机网友]:

This Hubei Shiyuan tragedy is outrageous. Four times he begged the teacher, why did the teacher make things so difficult for him? It is just as a legal scholar has said, that what is really frightening about this case is in how it may be copied. The media has from its reporting of the very first case been directing the next case. Those who should be arrested have been arrested, those who should be tried have been tried, and those who have committed suicide have done so, but just who exactly is responsible for these incidents?

How can there be a teacher like this? Who gave the teacher the right/power to not admit a student over homework? What was the purpose [of not admitting]? Would making her stand in the corner, go through a class criticism meeting, or making her clean the classroom for a week not have been enough to resolve the issue [as punishment]? Shouldn’t the principal and Education Department also be judged? Schools are for the public, serving the ordinary common people, but instead, they are making it difficult for ordinary common people’s children to go to school. Schools have “school incidents”, hospitals have “hospital incidents“, it’s as if it has already become set in stone that if you don’t cause an incident and don’t kill people, no one will take you [your grievance] seriously and no one will solve your problem. Chinese people’s philosophy of not solving problems until there is absolutely no choice has suffered a harsh wake-up call [in this].

And then there is the start of the school year. How many parents have purchased high-priced homes for their school districts, just for the opportunity for their child to go to school, for their child to go to a good school. How many are renting high-priced apartments for their kids to go to school. To allow their kid to go to a good school, how many spend the previous month looking for connections everywhere, giving gifts and money, paying bribes, with some even having to pay over 10,000 RMB in fees to get their students into schools, doing all sorts of paperwork, in the end all overshadowed by one leader’s phone call.

The ordinary people have nowhere to turn to, no one for support. The suspect had just bought a home and was borrowing money to get the certificate of property ownership. The pressure/stress on him can be imagined. It can be see that he didn’t have money for bribes, no connections to use. If he had a brother-in-law who was a section chief [of a government body], a tuhao as a friend, this incident wouldn’t have ended up the way it did, where the teacher making things more difficult ultimately caused the suspect to fall apart, so that stabbing people has become an inevitability.

This amply shows how worrisome the situation is for those in the lower classes. In this society, those who get a bit of power immediately want to make things difficult for others, ultimately hurting themselves. The unfairness in society will induce even more terrorists and acts of terrorism. As we can see now, what is to be feared is not “black society” [organized crime, gangsters] and terrorists but the ordinary people who, under enormous societal pressures, feel helpless and cannot see any hope. Because they are legion, and they are all around us. Can the pace of building a harmonious society be faster? How many more young lives are needed to urge it forward?

网易广西南宁市手机网友 ip:113.16.*.*

“his daughter Chen X did not complete her summer homework assignments”. Can this be a reason to deny a child from going to school?

网易广东省清远市网友 ip:14.122.*.*

In this age of compulsory education, schools cannot expel or persuade students to drop out for any reason. What right did this teacher have to imperiously forbid the student from being admitted to school? This teacher should bear responsibility for this tragedy happening. Willfully slaughtering innocents because one’s daughter can’t go to school, and not knowing how to communicate and negotiate, these are the faults of the killer’s character/temperament.

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:113.200.*.*

Why is the news content all one-sided?? I don’t want to know how many people died, I just want to know, who fucking has this much power that they can stop a child from enrolling to go to school? Who is responsible for this matter? How will they be held responsible?

人中赤兔cc [网易北京市手机网友]:

Seeing him lying on the ground, I don’t feel the least bit anger towards him, but a sort of sympathy/empathy. His child has forever lost her father, and he will no longer be able to protect his child. Three families have lost their children. This is the sorrow that a deformed society has brought us. Often nowadays, with regards to a lot of things, I feel helpless, whether it be about going to work, school, the hospital, the office or such public government places, I feel I am tiny and insignificant, with no one at all giving me extra attention, much less any dignity. The biggest problem in China today is dignity. For my child, I can put up with it, but not for dignity, and there will come a time when I can no longer put up with it, and ultimate lying there [on the ground] will be tiny and insignificant us…

网易江苏省手机网友 ip:183.207.*.*

First, the teacher [who prevented the daughter from enrolling] should be given an education in honest education professional ethics.

别说我是新人 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

China’s education [system] is a mess. Is anyone taking responsibility for it?

愤怒的鸟叔 [网易海南省海口市手机网友]:

My prayers for the dead children. Allow me to also say, not a single [family] around us doesn’t send their child to school. I wonder, how many children around the righteous people on NetEase don’t have any schools to attend for their nine years of compulsory education?

删贴也是一种态度 [网易山西省朔州市手机网友]:

Hacking to death innocent children, definitely going to hell.

1750666784 [网易江苏省南京市手机网友]:

There is shit in this teacher’s brain.

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  • Disney English

    Those comments. The teacher refused to admit the daughter because she didn’t meet the admissions requirements, and this is tyranny? Ha!

    • Dax

      And you always did all your work in Middle School? I graduated in the top 10 of my class, I scored a near perfect score on the SAT, I hold a Masters Degree in my field and I think I did my school’s summer reading once.

      The fact that one teacher has the power to unilaterally decide whether or not a human being has a future (nobody’s hiring somebody without a degree for anything other than farming or digging ditches) IS tyranny. The whole point of compulsory education is that it’s for everyone, not just the people who won’t bring the average scores on standardized tests down.

      What kind of “admissions requirements” do the public schools have where you come from? Because where I live it’s:
      1) Do you live in the district?
      2) Do you have a pulse?

      Everyone deserves to chance to show who and what they can be.

      Maybe one day people will be judged by their characters, but until then, yes, the use of guanxi as a replacement for ability is a form of tyranny.

      • donscarletti

        To be perfectly honest, most people I know with masters degrees either couldn’t find a decent job after graduation, or changed careers mid term and so have a 2 year masters degree instead of a 4 year bachelors.

        Though now I think about it, I do know one guy who wanted to do a PhD, but the topic he was interested in was deemed too narrow (though fascinating) and ended up doing a really good research masters on it. Also, if your field is in the humanities, then for sure, getting a research masters is pretty normal for people who want to pursue an academic career, but for the sort of field with employment prospects, it usually raises questions.

        • lacompacida

          So you have never been through a decent research masters program.

          • Alex Dương

            Are you insinuating that you have?

        • Don’t Believe the Hype

          what are you talking about? There are plenty of masters degrees that lead to jobs. You don’t need to have a PhD unless you want to have a highly technical/skilled job, which even then is not limited to those with a PhD.

      • Rick in China

        *Totally agree* with you. If my child were denied enrolment due to not appearing to have completed some summer homework, I’d be pretty furious too — who the fuck is that teacher to adamantly refuse a poor (financially) guy’s child education based on not having done their homework? I believe the appropriate punishment for not having done one’s homework to be a penalty towards their grade (although Summer assignments, wtf), not a refusal to allow them to attend school.

      • Disney English

        Maybe the school is already too full, and using criteria like this is a way of determining which of the surplus kids are turned away.

        • Rick in China

          “surplus kids are turned away”

          If you’re representative of “Disney English”, I think you’re doing a disservice to the company by posting this kind of heartless garbage. Surplus kids…my fucking god man.

          • Disney English

            Call it whatever you want, that’s what’s happening.

      • FYIADragoon

        I would say the teacher was obviously fishing for a bribe and that refusal of admission was unwarranted. But being a lazy student is not something to be waved off either. People deserve the chance to show what they can do, but if you’re not willing to do the work for it then obviously that chance doesn’t mean very much to you.

    • lacompacida

      Yep. That is tyranny.

    • Teacher in China

      But a teacher does not have the right to refuse admission of any student in a public school because of homework. The only people who are truly allowed to prevent a student from entering a school are the principals/headmasters of the schools. And besides, this wasn’t an “admissions requirement” – the student was already a part of the school, having completed Grade 5. This was a “you didn’t do your homework so I’m kicking you out of school”, which is a ridiculous tyrannical thing for a teacher to try to do, and all because she wanted a bribe.

  • Dax

    “The Yunxi County Party Committee and county government have already established an emergency working group in response to the incident, responsible for work such as organizing medical treatment, investigating the incident, dealing with the aftermath, and maintaining social stability. ”

    Am I the only one who suspects that they reported this in the opposite order?

    • lacompacida

      Chinese government are very good at cleaning up the mess, after they created the situation.

    • vincent_t

      That is the open letter of “Why we should not be fired” from the county government to their superior.

  • Anark1

    One twisted fuck. Now his daughter is definitely not going to that school, she has lost her father as well.

    • lacompacida

      When one gets totally frustrated with no where to air it, one goes crazy.

      • ClausRasmussen

        … and stabs innocent kids? I don’t buy that argument

  • donscarletti

    Ridiculous and unforgivable that he didn’t kill that teacher instead of innocent children. Honestly, a lot of China’s problems could be fixed if just a tiny percentage of the arseholes were to die brutally as a direct result of their actions. He could have died with meaning and honour, instead he died like an unlamentable coward.

    • AbC

      But if you read the report, the teacher did die due to her injuries…

      Irrespective of who died and who didn’t, there isn’t any honour in his reckless stabbing.

      • SongYii

        Am I missing something? It simply says “a teacher.” It does not say “the teacher who refused to admit the student.” Maybe I missed a detail… I went back and looked, but can’t find it.

        • AbC

          The report said ‘the teacher of the class’ and not ‘a teacher’. You would assume he would have went to the right class as he had concealed his knife and clearly had a motive in mind. Maybe it was a different classroom, but that just wouldn’t make sense to me.

          Even if I am wrong in my assumption, I am guessing there isn’t anything to say that it wasn’t the same teacher that was stabbed.

          • SongYii

            I would assume he wouldn’t take a bunch of kids down with her, if his only beef was with her. I feel like its not clear that the refusing teacher is the one who got killed. In many hospital stabbings, the offending doctor usually goes unscathed.

          • AbC

            The report mentioned it was fifth grade students who were injured/killed. Then it mentioned the classroom teacher was also stabbed and later died in hospital.

            I was just adding two and two and coming to my assumption that it was the same teacher because the earlier report (yesterday) mentioned his daughter was in grade five.

          • SongYii

            i did the opposite… i looked for whether it was the offending teacher or not, but it didnt say explicitly, so i figured it was not, or it was unknown. but youre probably right.

    • Dr Sun

      you mean like the card carrying/ legal gun owners in the USA who wipe out- murder school children, their fellow students and teachers every year have all died with honour, therefore sorting out a lot of Americas problems?

      Do you really think murdering your daughters teachers because she did not get the GPA, or admission to a Ivy league college that you desired is a good, acceptable and honourable thing ?

      • donscarletti

        You rarely hear of kids being expelled from United States public elementary schools for not doing adequate homework over the summer holidays. The possibility that this is in part because American teachers fear retribution at least in some form is fairly substantial. After all, America does kind of have a culture of fear.

        From my memory, none of the guys who have shot up American schools have actually been denied an elementary education for a trivial reason. Also, none of them have been targeted assassinations.

  • SongYii

    somehow, im thinking this teacher probably feels no responsibility at all. but that is a huge presumption based on what i know about her ability to make decisions.

    • AbC

      She probably can’t feel any responsibility, or feel anything for that matter because she’s dead?

    • David

      It is not quite clear but if anybody can read the original story does it say if the teacher who died was the one the man had the argument with. It seems like it but never says it explicitly. I do not think anybody should be killed for being a jerk but it would be interesting know if he at least got the same person or if it was another.

      • SongYii

        I’m having this discussion elsewhere along this thread. Its really not clear. Chinese news is pathetic… no details, all adjectives.

  • Lei Feng’s Hat

    As the details of this story unfold we begin to see a laundry list of so many things that are wrong…and are boiling just beneath the surface of the Harmonious Society…everyday and everywhere.

    I’ve noticed over the years, here in Beijing, communities and schools ramping up security…or should I say, going medieval. We’re talking higher iron fences with the Gladatorial Prongs at the top. We’re talking razor wire. We’re talking reinforced gates.

    And parents’ will never dare let their children go outside alone. And no one trusts anyone.

    They say there is a giant volcano under Yellowstone Park, just ready to blow.

    I sometimes think there is a giant volcano (of resentment, jealously, distrust…etc.) right here, brewing under the Middle Kingdom; and incidents like these school stabbings are just precursors before the whole thing blows…

    • David

      Good analogy.

  • lacompacida

    When you have authority, you exercise it to its limits. That’s China. That’s what Chines teachers, school principals, police, public security, chengguan, any government officials do. One has the authority and the rest of you kneel and beg, or pay up. That’s the Chinese way to prosperity.

  • All the teacher wanted was a bribe……

    • Teacher in China

      You fucking nailed it, and it makes me sick. I will never ever enroll my future child in a Chinese public school. Class sizes of more than 100, but hey if you want your kid to sit at the front, just give a 3000 rmb hongbao to the teacher on Teacher’s Day. Yes, the zhong kao and gao kao are hard, but me, the teacher, will not teach all of the material in class; if you want to learn everything, just pay me for private classes. And we won’t even go into the problems with teaching methods, physical and emotional abuse, etc etc.

      That teacher was being greedy and got what she deserved. Unfortunately, her shitty asshole attitude got a bunch of kids killed. Obviously, the full weight of responsibility still lies on the guy that did it, but she deserves at least part of the blame.

      • LK

        hey,i think you don’t really understand Chinese education,do u?

        • Teacher in China

          I understand it too well, unfortunately. Granted, most of my experience comes from a small, rich town in Dongbei, but everything I said is very common practice, believe me.

      • Chaz

        Why do you think so many with the means are getting their kids OUT of China as early as elementary school now?
        Ever been to Auckland, NZ? Might as well be in Shenzhen (but with clean air)…

      • SongYii

        I’m confused… I haven’t read anything about consequences that befell that teacher. What did she get that she deserved?

        • Rick in China

          I think he’s referring to her death.

        • Teacher in China

          I was angrily referring to her being killed, which in retrospect was a little harsh, but that story really upset me.

      • mr.wiener


        • Teacher in China

          Yes, but speculation based on a very common practice. I’ll stand by it until it’s proven otherwise, in which case I will happily rescind all of that.

      • Dr Sun

        so you get 300,000 min tax free each teachers day, you lucky bastard
        Whats your hourly rates for the so called “private lessons”?

        • Rick in China

          Trollface, you can’t read – he’s saying that some parents with the means pay bribes so their kids get benefits in class, not every one of the 100 (exaggeration) students’ parents pays 3000rmb precisely. He’s also not saying *he* is the teacher in this case, but speaking in the 1st person as if he were one of those teachers, ie. demonstrating their mentality in the messed up education system.

          • Dr Sun

            get lost idiot

          • Teacher in China

            It’s very common in English to switch pronouns back and forth. Given the context of what I was saying, which was clearly about teachers in public schools, it wouldn’t be tough for a native speaker to see that I was not talking about myself.

          • Dr Sun

            dude I am a native speaker, so dont attempt that ESL bs with me.

          • Teacher in China

            5 days, and that’s the best you can do?

          • Dr Sun

            yeah, how about you ?

          • Teacher in China

            Well, your new, unadvertised edit of your original (and weak) “dude I am a native speaker, so dont attempt that ESL bs with me.” is much better. Can’t believe you care enough to come back to it 18 days later. Let it go, man, it’s over.

          • Dr Sun

            troll,how would you know you work in a IT office somewhere (location unknown) and have no children in a Chinese public school.

        • Teacher in China

          Oooooo, I’m being trolled!! Fun :)
          Just to clarify – it’s the public schools that engage in the bribery. I do not work for the public schools, and even if I did I would never ever accept bribes.

          • Dr Sun

            the private schools dont do bribes, lmao :)

          • Teacher in China

            Yes, that’s exactly what I was saying. Private schools are perfect. :/

      • slob

        A few of the parents of my students have told me that many of the schools in the city I live in hold P&T meetings where the teacher will bring the parents in one by one and have a bag sitting on their desk. This bag is used as a way for parents to directly bribe the teacher into giving their children beneficial treatment and higher scores on exams. Literally a bag just sitting on their desk, and all of the parents abide with this without complaint or anything. They PUT A FUCKING SANTA SACK ON THEIR DESK SO YOU CAN OPENLY BRIBE THEM.

        It’s truly sickening and I’m glad that my son is going to Australia for schooling.

    • KenjiAd

      That was my guess. The father, who was already in deep debt, had no money. An uneducated man himself, his daughter was his only hope for a better life.

      Of course this doesn’t excuse his act, but it (assuming it’s true) does put this incident into context, possibly explaining why he acted the way he did, even killing himself – despair.

      It’s a tragedy… Sad, sad, story.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Man wasn’t thinking clearly. Now the daughter will probably face trouble everywhere she goes, what with having the stigma of having a child murderer for a father.

  • must touch brain

    I guess this is what often happens in a society too focused on material wealth. What’s wrong with just being healthy and happy?

    • SongYii

      How is education “material wealth”? Education is linked directly to happiness, health and quality of life.

      • must touch brain

        Basic education should be free for everyone. Those who don’t take advantage of that or are mentally ill, will have issues regardless of whether they are rich or poor. Money should never be the most important.

    • AbC

      Because in China (unlike most Western Countries), it’s almost impossible to get either happiness or good health without a decent amount of wealth.

      How happy/healthy can you be working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in a shithole while eating rice and soy sauce and drinking contaminated water.

      I’m not saying the wealthy are more healthy in any way… But it’s difficult to even consider happiness or health when your monthly pay barely buys enough food on the table.

      • must touch brain

        All i’m saying is that health and happiness should come first and people should never go to such extremes for any reason.

  • Karze

    This is something ridiculous revenge. So is he going to kill people who refuse to give her job or refuse to marry her? Mao Tsetung thought has made Chinese people irrational.

  • Amused

    OK. So he wasn’t rich and he didn’t have the cash or connections to get his daughter into the school he wanted her in… Waaaaaah. Happens all the time in China= part of the system here. Going out and killing other people’s kids just because you can’t get what you want is a piece of shit move. Guy was a complete tool. Here’s hoping he’s getting spit-roasted by a couple of smelly demons with thorny cocks as we type.

  • b duck

    even bunny bite people when get mad.
    so do not push others too much when you are in better situation.

  • David

    Well, in China when they say they are trying to stabilize you, you are almost certainly either hopelessly dying or already dead. However, the emergency workers don’t want to take the blame for killing you.

  • Brido227

    I’m not surprised there’s so much ‘rage against the machine’ on display but certain of the commenters are missing the point in their quest to blame generic authority – stopping a kid going to school is NOT worse than killing her classates in revenge.