In the morning of March 23rd, a serious murdering event took place in front of the gate of Experimental Primary School in Nanping City, Fujian Province. A mid-aged single man, who had ever been a surgeon, smashed to 13 students with a sword, killing 8 students and hurting 5. Tu Hongchang, a journalist from Xinhua News Agency remarked, “It is a signifcant livelihood project to secure the safety of school and its surroundings. Campus should be peaceful and safe and free from the least bloody accidents. But these two tragies happened right in and out of campus, which alerts us that on campus, especially those of primary and middle schools, there are many juveniles assembling who lack the consciousness and experience of countering emergencies. Therefore, we should attach more importance to there places and do every security job in detail.”
Mr Tu’s statements are of course reasonable, and schools do have the responsibility of guaranteeing security. For instance, if the school officials have had a comprehensive protection system during the peak of students’going in and out of school, maybe the tragedy could have been avoided. Even though it happened, it would not have produced such a srious consequence. But no matter how much security measures will be taken, it is impossible to eliminate the possibility of accidents for students totally. According to the report, the murderer Zheng Mingsheng went out right from home to kill any student he saw without a specific target. If the school have had taken all measures to prevent him from killing at the gate of the campus, he would have conducted the kill in a farther place.
According to the official report, there are two main reasons for Zheng to kill. First of all, after having some friction with leaders in the original workplace, he resigned and failed to find another job. Secondly, he had failed many times in his love. Especially he did not get on well with his present girlfriend and his mind became abnormal, then he killed others purposely. Zheng’s neighborhood in his community said that such a person like Zheng who did not have career, marriage, house and the warmth from others was literally a loser on the brim of our society. This kind of people, once they feel despaired, they tend to go to extreme easily. Zheng’s neighbors called on the public to pay more attention to these “patients” in case that they will feel totally desperate and do harm to the society.
Therefore, it is evident that though the accident has something to do with the poor security measures of the school, it has more to do with Zheng’s abnormal psyche ,which determines that if he had not killed someone here, he would have killed another elsewhere and that if he had not killed someone this moment, he would have killed another in another time. It is close to useless to take simple measures, like arranging more on-duty gaurds in the peak of students. The fundamental way is to prevent and give apt treatment to patients like Zheng. Here, giving apt treatment means the government and society should go hand in hand to care about those “losers”on the brim of our society like Zheng, making them mentally healthier and sunnier.
Preventing means in the course of building a harmonious society, we should let more people feel the warmth from others and prevent them from being pushed to the brim of our society. It is definitely a complicated task. For example, a key reason for Zheng’s abnormal psyche is love failure. Now with the unproportionate number of males and females worsening, more and more people cannot find a lover( it also involves personal factors like personality). So does it mean that there will be more and more relevant crimes caused by this phenomenon? But it is by no means easy to balance the number of males and females.
This case does strike our alarming bell, but we should not merely focus on the event itself and its superficial reason. Instead, we should focus on the fundamental reason in a deeper sense.