A kindergarten teacher in China has been executed after being accused of poisoning dozens of students, resulting in the death of one child. The teacher, Wang Yun, was found guilty of poisoning 25 students in March 2019 by adding a toxic substance to their food. The execution took place on Thursday, as confirmed by a notice posted outside a courthouse in the city of Jiaozuo.
Wang Yun, a 40-year-old former teacher at Mengmeng Pre-school Education, was executed in China for her crimes. The country primarily carries out executions by shooting the person in the back of the head, although lethal injections are sometimes used. The executions are conducted at specific execution grounds. China is known to have a high number of executions each year, believed to be in the thousands.
The poisoning incident occurred when Wang Yun allegedly put a dose of toxic sodium nitrite in the students’ food. Sodium nitrite is a toxic carcinogen that can hinder the blood’s ability to carry oxygen when consumed in high concentrations. The poisoning resulted in the children experiencing vomiting and fainting shortly after consuming the porridge in which the toxic additive was hidden. While most of the students recovered, one child tragically died ten months later due to multiple organ failure.
Reports suggest that Wang Yun’s actions were prompted by an argument she had with another school official over “student management.” This disagreement seemingly led her to carry out the poisoning. The execution took place on Thursday, as confirmed by a notice posted outside a courthouse in the city of Jiaozuo.
Wang Yun was first arrested for the mass poisoning in 2019. The local Jiaozuo court described her as a “despicable and vicious” person and sentenced her to death. In September 2020, she was initially sentenced to death, and despite her appeal, the sentence was upheld.