According to the university, four lecturers from Cornell College in Iowa were injured in a “serious incident” in China


Four teachers from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, were injured on Monday in a “serious incident” while visiting a park in China, the university said in a statement.

The lecturers were teaching as part of a partnership with a local university in China and were accompanied to the public park by a faculty member from that partner university, Jonathan Brand, president of Cornell College, said in a statement to the university community.

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

Brand did not name the partner institution in his statement.

According to the school, no students participated in the program.

Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinsonwho represents the district where the college is located, said in a post on X that the four college staff members were “brutally stabbed to death.”

“My team is in contact with Cornell College and will do everything in our power to get these Iowans home safely,” Hinson said. “Please join me in praying for their health and safety.”