Teacher honored for bravery in hostage taking
Published: November 30, 2005 | 2867th good news item since 2003
Two Shanghai residents were honored by the central government recently for their bravery in battling crime, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau announced yesterday.
Yang Minghui, a teacher, and newspaper distributor Yang Bonian are among 46 people awarded the title “National Excellent Individuals For Fighting Against Crimes.” [Everyday Heroes]
In addition to medals and certificates, the two will each receive a 30,000 yuan (US$3,704) cash reward.
The state also cited 14 people as “National Heroes For Fighting Against Crimes” and four groups as “National Excellent Units For Fighting Against Crimes.”
On February 24, a migrant man broke into the classroom at the primary school where Yang was giving a math lesson and held a boy at knife point.
Yang calmed her students down by telling them that the man was actually just filming a TV program for children.
She then confronted the criminal and asked him not to hurt the young hostage.
The 27-year-old teacher helped get all of her students out of the classroom safely after a successful rescue operation by special police force, officials with the Public Security Bureau said.