Stabbing Attack Injures Four Cornell College Instructors Visiting China

Stabbing Attack Injures Four Cornell College Instructors Visiting China
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Four instruc­tors from Cor­nell Col­lege in Mount Ver­non, Iowa, were injured in a stab­bing attack on June 10, 2024, while vis­it­ing Beis­han Park in Jilin City, Chi­na. The instruc­tors were part of an ongo­ing edu­ca­tion­al part­ner­ship between Cor­nell Col­lege and Bei­hua University.

Col­lege Part­ner­ship Vis­it Turns Violent:

Accord­ing to Cor­nell Col­lege Pres­i­dent Jonathan Brand, the instruc­tors were with a Bei­hua Uni­ver­si­ty fac­ul­ty mem­ber dur­ing a day­time vis­it to the park when the attack occurred. There were no stu­dents involved.

Details of the Attack Emerge:

Reports from law­mak­ers and video footage indi­cate the four instruc­tors were “bru­tal­ly stabbed.” Thank­ful­ly, fam­i­ly mem­bers have con­firmed all instruc­tors are receiv­ing treat­ment at a near­by hos­pi­tal, although their cur­rent con­di­tions remain unknown.

U.S. Response and Trav­el Advisory:

The U.S. State Depart­ment is active­ly mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. A Lev­el 3 trav­el advi­so­ry was pre­vi­ous­ly issued for main­land Chi­na due to con­cerns over deten­tions and exit restric­tions. This inci­dent may prompt fur­ther actions by the department.

Uncer­tain­ties and Com­mu­ni­ty Response:

The motive for the attack and whether it was tar­get­ed remain unclear. The Cor­nell Col­lege com­mu­ni­ty is under­stand­ably shak­en, and the school is pro­vid­ing sup­port to the injured instruc­tors. Local law­mak­ers have con­demned the attack and vowed to ensure the safe return of the Iowans.

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