Trying to make sense of China’s copycat child killings

In the wake of a series of copycat mass murders targeting children, Mainlanders are asking why. According to one writer, suicide — traditionally the ultimate Chinese protest against injustice — no longer makes an effective statement in Chinese society: “When suicide alone is no longer effective, the most horrific crime – mass killing of children — becomes the most effective option to some of those desperate enough to end their own lives. More than a manifestation of individual problems or even of social injustice, it is an act of war against China’s collective future. It is a sign that now is a time of extreme desperation, for all China’s great strides toward prosperity.” From Killing Children – An Act of War Against China’s Collective Future

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