More than 50 people, mostly children, in south-western China, were injured in a chemical attack at Kaiyuan Dongcheng Kindergarten,Monday, by a 23-year-old suspect who sprayed victims with sodium hydroxide.
The suspect surnamed Kong entered the kindergarten by climbing a wall. He declared he had intended to take revenge on society after growing up with divorced parents and then encountering difficulties in work and life. "Because his parents divorced during his childhood, the lack of family warmth resulted in psychological distortion," said local authoritieS. The victims were admitted to hospital for treatment, two with 'severe symptoms'. Police arrested Kong less than an hour after the attack.
Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, is a highly caustic base and alkali that decomposes proteins at ordinary ambient temperatures and may cause severe chemical burns. is used in many industries: in the manufacture of pulp and paper, textiles, drinking water, soaps and detergents, and as a drain cleaner. According to the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to caustic soda can irritate or burn the eyes and skin, provoke an allergic reaction, or even cause temporary hair loss. Violent incidents targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China. In 2018, a knife-wielding woman injured 14 children at a kindergarten in Sichuan province.