A couple of drug barons were sentenced to death then executed immediately in front of school children to serve as a deterrent to the children. The move was to seriously scare the children against drugs.
The criminals were sentenced to death by shooting and immediately marched to a firing squad as part of a government crackdown. School children were made to watch the execution.
Pan Hui, a teacher from the local Yunlong Middle School, told China News that such events could help “educate” and “frighten” the students, and they could also make the students fearful of committing crimes.
“Our school has been carrying out anti-drug educational campaigns constantly to keep the students away from drugs,” said teacher Pan.
Around 300 residents of Haikou, in southern China’s Hainan Province, were also in attendance at the execution, which was filmed and posted online. The move was part of the government’s campaign known as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on 26th June each year.
The first criminal, 39-year-old Cai Liqun, was found guilty of selling methamphetamine and magu. The latter is a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, and is a relatively new type of drug in China. The other criminal, 36-year-old Huang Zhengye, was found guilty of transporting and selling methamphetamine. He was caught in possession of 4,749.8 grams (10.47 pounds) of methamphetamine and 71,100 yuan (£8,143) in relation to drug dealing.
A total of eight people were sentenced to death that day.