A new crime wave stunned China recently. From March 23 to May 19, seven school killings across China were reported by news media. These pre-meditated crimes appeared to be random killings targeting innocent children.
The sudden outbreak of senseless crimes highlighted China’s already shaky security condition and growing social discontent, and prompted high profile official reactions.
What I’ve just read is the beginning an analysis titled, “Recent School Killings in China” from a website called chinascope.org, which is a unique media entity that gathers and periodically analyzes Chinese-language media reporting that is generally inaccessible to the West. This enables the the world to see the other side of the Chinese Government’s proverbial media blockade. China Scope is also very careful to site every single reference and source. This site often adds editorials to the beginnings of their reports and analyses.
The analysis then sites “The Government’s Response”
The Chinese government claimed that the killers had mental diseases. The Minister of Public Security, Meng Jianzhu, therefore ordered local authorities to “screen residents for potential risks.” People with a history of mental illness or dissatisfaction with life had to be identified, the ministry said in a circular. He also called for improved psychological counseling for anti-social and paranoid individuals.
Meng Jianzhu promised extreme measures to deter the new crimes. In a nationwide conference on May 12, Meng said, “We must strike at the criminals so hard that they don’t dare to hurt the children.”
Meng’s strike-hard warning was accompanied by some high profile security deployments. Per an Agence France report, “More than 2,000 security guards dressed in riot gear were sent to some Beijing schools on Wednesday. Beijing News, citing police, said, however, that thousands more were needed to patrol the capital’s schools alone. Similar scenes occurred nationwide, press reports said, with armed police seen at schools in the city of Changsha.”
In a May 13 interview with Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV, Premier Wen Jiabao said: “In addition to adopting vigorous security measures, we also have to pay attention to some deep-seated causes behind these problems, including dealing with some social conflicts and resolving disputes.”
Shenzhen’s vice mayor and police chief Li Ming offered his insight. He believes that strike-hard alone is not going to work. Prevention and fixing the root causes are essential. He called for a new law to control the city’s mobile population, especially the unemployed migrant workers, “(If the new laws are approved), we will ban anyone who is unemployed for over three months from renting an apartment, and send them home.”
Comments from Non-Government Sources
Yang Hengjun, the author and former Beijing official who is now a prominent Internet writer in China, averaging 150,000 readers a day  questioned the wisdom of Minister Meng and Vice Mayor Li.
“The school killers had no criminal records. They were average people from underprivileged social groups. They were not afraid of death. … (so the strike-hard measure) is senseless.”
Yang compared the anti-terrorist effort in the U.S. with China’s crime fighting: “The U.S. can ‘strike hard,’ and even launch a war to root out the terrorists, but certainly not to ‘frighten’ them. (China’s) problem is that it is our own society that has produced the school killers, who are middle-aged and jobless men from the underprivileged population. They have nothing in common with the habitual thieves, triad gangs, corrupt officials who hold high positions, and other habitual offenders.”
Yang bluntly called Vice Mayor Li’s plan to expel the unemployed migrant workers “a very evil idea.” He added, “You can drive them out of Shenzhen, but can you drive them out of China, out of society, out of the earth? Are these unemployed people not Chinese? Did our country not cause their unemployment? I would like to remind everyone: We must prevent any unjust treatment toward the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups in the name of the ‘strike hard policy.’” 
Han Han, one of the country’s most popular bloggers (and a huge irritant to the authorities), wrote that killing the weak was seen by the attackers as the most effective way of exacting revenge on a society “that has no way out.” [9, 10] Within hours his post was removed from his website.
Martin K. Whyte, a Harvard University sociologist in his new book, “Myth of the Social Volcano,” discussed the frustrations of the average Chinese, saying that a caldron of discontent still bubbles. He argued that it is mostly because average citizens still feel they have no steam valve, and the government is still concerned about keeping the lid on.
“The system still very much tries to pretend everything is going fine,” he said, “and it still hushes things up when there are disturbances.” 
Li Heping, a leading Christian human rights lawyer in China offered his analysis in a radio interview.
“(The majority of the Chinese people) were brainwashed by the Communist propaganda during the civil war before 1949, namely, wherever there is repression, there will be fighting back; rebellion is justice. Now that they are being treated unfairly, many people are tempted to fight back, and the more violent and wider spread, the better. They may come up with the plan to murder children to spread their message.”
“Lack of spiritual belief,” observed Li, also contributed to the tragic situation. “This is a consequence of promoting the Chinese official religion – Marxist Materialism.”
The full article can be read on chinascopre.org, the web page also has a very detailed outline on the killings that were carried out earlier in 2010.