Better Believe It......Because They Actually Happen(ed) Collection 48

Chinese man kills 8 children in attack on first day of school: police

Students at an elementary school in Beijing were also attacked earlier this year. (AFP/Greg Baker)

By Nicole Darrah

A man who recently served time for attempted murder allegedly killed eight children and injured two others who were attending their first day of school in China, police said.

The 40-year-old man, only identified by the surname Yu, was taken into custody late Monday after he allegedly attacked the kids at an elementary school in Chaoyangpo village of Enshi city in Hubei province.

It was not immediately clear how the children were attacked.

The man was released from Hubei prison last June after serving a sentence for attempted murder, according to local media. A possible motive was not immediately clear either.

The attack is the latest in a string of similar incidents in China.

Full story at Fox News (September 2019)

Nashville Catholic school removes Harry Potter books over 'evil spirits'

By Ella Torres

A Catholic school in Nashville removed Harry Potter books from its library after a pastor worried that they conjured "evil spirits" and presented a "possible threat to our faith."

Father Dan Reehil, pastor of the St. Edward Church and School, wrote to teachers last week explaining his decision.

"The Harry Potter series of books have been removed from the St. Edward school library for several reasons. These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception," Reehil wrote in an email, which was obtained by The Tennessean.

Reehil said that the curses and spells used in the fantasy fiction books "are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text."

He noted that he consulted with several exorcists before making the decision.

Full story at ABC News (September 2019)

‘No foreign ideologies in schools’

By Zakiah Koya

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not allow Chinese ideology to be taught in schools although the country will remain friendly to China for trade purposes, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said that as Malaysia was a multiracial country, undue foreign influences were not welcome.

“Malaysia has always been regarded as a friend of China, except in the early years of independence, when China was practising communism and exported it to Malaysia. We do not want that.

“Now, China has a new policy and this policy has benefited China very much, making it one of the richest countries in the world.

“Rich countries are good markets. For Malaysia, there are opportunities for trade, and we want to continue with our cooperation with China,” said Dr Mahathir, who added that race consciousness was still very alive among Malaysians.

“We don’t want our people to think that after we were influenced by the West, we were then influenced by China.

Full story at The Star Online (October 2019)

British uni students to examine ‘censored, gay, feminist, amateur’ PORN as part of ‘illuminating’ X-rated course

© Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

That stash of Hustler magazines? Powerful visual narratives. The femdom compilation video? A bold statement on power relations. This may soon be taught at one UK university, which will let students study pornography. Starting in 2020, students of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter will be able to take a module entitled ‘Pornography: Bodies, Sex and representation’, where they will learn all about the main theories and debates surrounding the making, spreading and consumption of – porn.

The module will delve into a range of erotic material, including historically-censored films, gay and feminist porn, and amateur pornography.

Though a university module, students won’t be analyzing the fluid dynamics of a perfect ‘money shot,’ or crunching the numbers to find out the business secrets of the most successful smut vendors. Instead, they’ll be examining the subject through the lens of the social sciences.

Full story at RT News (October 2019)

Chinese mum almost dies from heart attack when son couldn't do maths problem

The doctor treats the mother at the hospital. Photo / Weibo

A mum from China had a brush with death when her shock at her son's inability to solve a maths problem led to her having a heart attack.

Wang, a 36-year-old from Hubei, was helping her primary-school-aged son with his homework when she became enraged at having to repeatedly explain the maths question to him.

Wang told reporters: "I explained it to him many times but he still couldn't get it. I was so angry that I could explode. Suddenly, my heart was palpitating and I couldn't breathe properly."

Wang called her husband, who rushed her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.

Full story at NZ Herald (November 2019)

Schools shut, riot police out as Hong Kong sees yet another day of unrest

By Julia Hollingsworth,CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) - Hong Kong has been hit with another day of turmoil Tuesday after a man was shot by a police officer and another set alight following a confrontation with protesters in one of the most dramatic days in over five months of protests.

Some universities and schools shut Tuesday as protesters and riot police faced off around the Asian financial hub. By 8 a.m. police had already fired tear gas on the city's streets.

At midday Tuesday, a few thousand people -- including office workers and black-clad protesters -- brought traffic to a standstill by occupying a major intersection in Central, the city's business district. In the afternoon, police fired multiple rounds of tear gas and detained about a dozen people.

Office workers and pro-democracy protesters walk around bricks lying on a street during a demonstration in Central in Hong Kong on November 12, 2019.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Hong Kong's New Territories also became a major flashpoint Tuesday. In the morning, protesters set up barricades and a collection of bows and arrows were spotted piled nearby. By the afternoon, tensions flared between police and protesters, with police firing tear gas as protesters threw petrol bombs, causing an empty car to go up in flames.

At both Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Hum, "masked rioters" dropped bricks from a footbridge, police spokesman Kong Wing-cheung said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. From another footbridge near the University of Hong Kong, "rioters" threw chairs and traffic cones at the traffic below, he said.

Full story at CNN (November 2019)

Child genius 'could follow mentor to Oxford' after finishing first degree aged 9

Laurent Simons will soon be the world's youngest graduate. Credit: Petra van Aken

By James Crisp

A nine-year-old boy will become the youngest ever graduate at the end of this year, sparking a competition among the world’s top universities to sign up the boy genius.

Laurent Simons has an IQ of at least 145 and will complete his electrical engineering degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in December.

“I really want to go to California, the weather is nice there,” said Laurent, who is half Dutch and half Belgian and lives in Amsterdam.

But Laurent’s father Alexander told the Telegraph his son could be tempted away from the California sun by the dreaming spires of Oxford.

Full story at The Telegraph (November 2019)