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Police tighten school security

POLICE in Shanghai strengthened patrols around schools today, the first day after the May Day Holiday, after dozens of students were attacked at schools last week.

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau had told police officers on duty to be at schools 10 minutes before classes began and before they ended to ensure students' safety.

Meanwhile, extra security staff, including teachers and community volunteers, also stood guard at schools to increase campus security.
"We have strengthened daily patrols in campus," said a security guard at Shanghai Minli High School.

He said four security guards now patrolled every corner of the school campus several times a day.

The Education Commission issued a notice online today calling for tightened campus security after a spate of campus attacks around the country.

Schools were asked to open their gates early so that students wouldn't be left waiting outside.

Visitors were also asked to register their IDs to enter the campus.

The latest attack was last Friday when a farmer struck five students with a hammer at a primary school in the eastern city of Weifang before pouring gasoline over his body and burning himself to death.


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