- A Chinese teacher has been sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children with nitrite.
- Wang Yun put nitrite into the porridge of another teacher’s student following an argument in March 2019.
- The Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province said Yun’s motives were “despicable” and “vicious.”
- One student fell ill for months and died in January 2020.
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A kindergarten teacher in China was sentenced to death after poisoning 25 children with nitrite, reportedly as revenge against another teacher she had an argument with.
Wang Yun put nitrite in porridge intended for the other teacher’s students on March 27, 2019. The Guardian reported that after eating breakfast, students began vomiting and fainting. One student fell ill for months and died in January.
The Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province called Yun’s actions “despicable” and “vicious.”
The court’s sentencing statement also said Yun’s “criminal methods and circumstances were exceedingly bad, with especially severe circumstances, and she should be severely punished in accordance with the law.”
CNN reported that in 2017, Weng was caught trying to poison her husband following an argument. She had poured the chemical into a glass he drank from, which caused minor injuries.
According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, nitrite is toxic. In high amounts, it could even stop the body from properly absorbing oxygen.