E China province takes measures to better protect students in schools

12:10, June 19, 2011      

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More security guards are to be trained and more high-tech facilities will be used in schools in China's southeastern Fujian Province to better protect students.

These measures are in response to last year's killing spree in Nanping city where a man stabbed eight primary school students to death and injured five others. "More than 500 guards were trained last year after the tragedy and we plan to train more this year," Liu Zhenzhong, deputy director of Xiamen Security Science and Technology College, was quoted as saying by Sunday's China Daily.

Liu said the guards were dispatched to schools in the province and were trained to handle attackers, and taught to operate security facilities such as surveillance cameras, automatic alarms and face- and fingerprint-recognition systems.

Chen You, a division chief with the Fujian provincial public security bureau overseeing school security equipment, said his bureau had asked all schools and kindergartens to get equipped with high-tech security facilities right after the Nanping tragedy.

"A recent confidential survey by our bureau and the Ministry of Public Security showed that almost all schools in Fujian are now equipped with necessary security facilities," he said.

"But in some rural areas, schools are yet to be covered and strangers can still walk in and out of campus freely. Some school guards are not even equipped with basic facilities such as electric batons," he said.
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Source: Xinhua
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