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Scholar calls for families to show more concern for alienated members

Scholar calls for families to show more concern for alienated members

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) The public and family members must show more concern for people who are alienated from society in the wake of the murder of a second-grader by a random attacker on her school campus in Taipei's Beitou District, a scholar urged Saturday. Hsu Fu-sheng (???), a professor at Central Police University, said the suspect, Kung Chung-an, 29, was venting his anger when he targeted the defenseless child. Kung, 29, who left home five years ago and is currently working for an express delivery firm , claimed that he is under a lot of pressure and suffered from hallucinations. He alerted police after slitting the second grader's throat. The eight-year-old girl died at Taipei Veterans General Hospital Saturday despite all efforts to resuscitate her. Hsu noted that an alienated society can result in alienated souls. Amid the economic slump and with jobs hard to find, those who are poor at emotional management cannot find an outlet and can vent their anger on defenseless children. He noted that patients with mental illness are different from those with antisocial personalities, noting that the latter lack empathy. Whether Kung is mentally ill will need to be further assessed, he said. He analyzed that Kung used the excuses of being unable to find a job and not getting along with other people as his reason for killing. "The number of these human time bombs will only increase in the future," he said, calling for families to act as the first line of defense by caring more about the people around them. (By Liu Chien-pang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:20 GMT+08:00