Joshua Bote, NewsyBag
Published 11:00 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2020
A Chinese teacher has been sentenced to death after poisoning 25 students with sodium nitrite, killing one of them.
Wang Yun a teacher in the central Chinese province of Henan, was arrested last year and charged with “intentional injury” after adding sodium nitrite to students’ breakfasts. Local courts, in their ruling, described her behavior as “despicable and vicious.”
“Wang Yun’s criminal motives are despicable,” the court wrote in a statement announcing the decision. “The consequences are particularly serious, and (she) should be punished severely in accordance with the law.”
Wang had argued with another teacher, Sun Moumou, earlier about how to discipline and handle students. As revenge, she added sodium nitrite — a food preservative that may be unsafe for young children at large amounts — to the morning porridge of Sun’s students.
Nearly all of the children, per the BBC, were reported to have vomited or fainted after eating the porridge. One student died after being hospitalized for 10 months.
A parent of one of the students told CNN last year that the children “looked pale” after ingesting the nitrite-laced meal.
Wang allegedly had a history of using sodium nitrite as poison: The court found that in 2017, Wang also poisoned her husband with sodium nitrite-laced water after a “conflict.” He suffered minor injuries.
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