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What we see different in the massacres in Guangshan and Newtown

Two coinciding school attacks that happened Friday, in China and the US: Adam Lanza began his carnage in Newtown; knife-wielding Min Yingjun went on a rampage in a central China village school.

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The American flag continues to fly at half-staff over the Capitol in honor of the 26 people who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S history, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Photo: AP

In the carton by Zhang Bin, an official stands in front of a Chinese character "丑"(chou in Pinyin) which means ugly, in an attempt to block the sight of others.   

US: “If there is even one step we can take to save another child…then surely we have an obligation to try.”

Shortly after the incident, the local law enforcement officials released information about the gunmen, weapons, casualties, etc. President Barack Obama's speech on the school shooting expressed deep sorrow and promised to help at Newtown vigil. President Obama also announced that the US flag at national government agencies would be lowered to half-mast from December 14 to 18.

China: “It makes no sense to discuss this. It’s better to have lunch first.”

There is a huge difference in the reactions of officials in the two countries. What did they do and say?

The local government in Guangshan informed the media that the press conference to be held the next day was canceled and started to censor the news relating to the incident Saturday.

When reporters approached the village committee about the news the following day of the attack, an official surnamed Zhou replied on the phone saying he was not at the office "for some private matter. Not at office, don’t know anything.”

A woman who claimed to be a "working staff" but was later identified to be an office deputy director on duty at the County Bureau of Education told reporters that “the leaders had all gone to the countryside on inspections”. She left the office on an excuse and never returned, leaving reporters waiting in the office.

When reporters called a person in charge of the county’s propaganda department to verify if Min, the arrested man, was mentally ill, the official replied that it would take time to identify the illness, and told reporters, "It makes no sense to discuss this. It’s better to have lunch first."

There are reports that the local government even made a mistake with the name of the man who was arrested on site.

Though six officials have been sacked four days after the attack, there are reports saying that they are merely “little shrimps”, the main persons in charge of the educational authorities and the county government are still holding their posts.

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