Teacher sentenced to death for poisoning kids with nitrite-laced porridge
A monstrous kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children — one of whom died — with breakfast porridge laced with sodium nitrite as revenge after a fight with a colleague, according to reports.
The court in Jiaozuo on Monday described Mengmeng Kindergarten teacher Wang Yun as “despicable and vicious” for putting the toxic compound into the children’s food, the Global Times reported.
“She should be punished severely in accordance with the law,” the ruling by the Intermediate People’s Court said about the ghoulish March 27, 2019, incident after she and another teacher had “argued over student management issues,’ according to the BBC.
Sodium nitrite, which is often used as a food additive for curing meat, is a highly toxic substance that also is found in fertilisers, munitions and explosives. In high amounts, it can prevent the body from properly absorbing oxygen.
A parent told the state-run tabloid Global Times that he rushed to the kindergarten after getting a call that his child had vomited and fainted, CNN reported.
“The vomit was all over (their pants. There were other children who were also throwing up, and they looked pale,” said the father, surnamed Li, according to the report.
One of the poisoned kids died in a hospital 10 months after the poisoning, the BBC reported.
“The kids said the porridge tasted salty,” one parent told the Beijing News, according to the Global Times.
The court said Wang also used sodium nitrite, which she bought online, on her husband after an argument in 2017. He suffered minor injuries when he drank from a cup in that incident.
Wang is expected to die by lethal injection or firing squad.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post but has been republished with permission