• Murhaf Radi, Europe Editor

‘Despicable’ Chinese nursery teacher sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children and killing one

A Chinese court has sentenced a “despicable" nursery school teacher to death after she poisoned 25 children, killing one.

The nursery school children, usually aged between three and six-years-old in China, were taken to hospital when they started vomiting and fainting.

The kindergarten teacher, Wang Yun, was arrested last year when children at the school in Jiaozuo city, eastern China, were rushed to hospital after eating their morning porridge.

The court claimed Wang had laced sodium nitrite into their breakfast as revenge for a fallout with a colleague. They had reportedly argued over student management issues.

The incident on 27 March 2019 shocked China and attracted international attention.

The young victims had all eaten the porridge which was usually served sweet. One parent told Beijing News: “The kids said the porridge tasted salty.”

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