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Four US college employees stabbed in China

Four instructors from an Iowa college in the United States, who were visiting their partner university in China, were injured in a park in the northeast of the country on Monday (10) in a stabbing incident, according to a report. -school voice.

Instructors at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, were in a public park with a faculty member from the partner institution when they were injured “in a serious incident,” the school’s president, Jonathan Brand, said in a statement to the Cornell community. faculty.

“We are in contact with all four instructors and are supporting them during this time,” Brand said.

School spokeswoman Jen Visser told CNN that the stabbing incident occurred in Jilin City and that the partner school is Beihua University.

The US State Department is aware of reports of a stabbing incident in China and is monitoring the situation, according to a spokesperson.

No students were participating in the program, according to the school.

Iowa Representative Ashley Hinson, who represents the district where the college is located, said in an X post that the four college employees “were brutally stabbed.”

“My team is in communication with Cornell College and we will do everything in our power to bring these Iowans home safely,” Hinson said. “Join me in praying for their health and safety.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said, “I am in contact with Iowa’s national representatives and the State Department in response to this horrific attack. Please pray for their full recovery, their safe return and that of their families.”

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst also said her team is “closely following reports that employees at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon were stabbed in China.”

“We are in contact with the college and the State Department, and ready to help these Iowans further. Praying for a speedy recovery for everyone,” she said on X.

Cornell College is a four-year private school where enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year was 1,074 students and the student-to-faculty ratio was 13:1.

The major courses at the school that year were biochemistry, kinesiology, engineering, computer science, and politics. The college’s academic calendar is divided into blocks of 18 days, where students take one subject at a time.

The campus is about two hours east of Des Moines.

(CNN’s Steve Almasy and Rashard Rose contributed to this report)

Source: CNN Brasil

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