A mother was horrified when her son came home from school with a bright red palm print on his face. A teacher at Suyu High School reportedly slapped the boy repeatedly so hard that it left the mark. The senior high school student was being punished for talking to a classmate during a self-study session. According to reports, the teacher slapped the boy, nicknamed Xiaochen, 12 times.
As a result, the student suffered a concussion and several burst blood vessels near his eyes. He is being treated for the injuries at a hospital.
The Beijing Time released video footage of Xiaochen lying in a hospital bed at Suqian Chinese Medicine Hospital, the red marks on his face resembling a palm, extending from his forehead to his mouth. He also suffered partial temporary hearing loss.
According to a report from Yangtze Evening News, the teacher dragged the boy from his seat and began hitting him in front of the class. A student noted: “The teacher lost his temper and first slapped a girl before hitting Xiaochen.”
Xiaochen’s family has filed a police report and the incident was reported to the Education Ministry. The school has agreed to pay for Xiaochen’s medical expenses and also dismissed the teacher. No details are available about whether or not the teacher faces charges.
Among the comments left on the Daily Mail‘s coverage of the story were those who noted: “No child should ever have to endure this. Especially for an authority figure. Terrible” and “Who is the beast who did this? She should have been pictured and shamed.”
Another video showing a teacher abusing a student in China also landed online and people who viewed it on social media were horrified by the child’s treatment. One person noted: “he needs to be banned from going near any children.”
A debate among commenters also started, where one person noted: “If you think this happens everywhere in China, you’re sadly mistaken. You study very hard in school, but nobody is allowed to punish you like this. This man was more than likely beaten by his parents as a child, hence his actions reflected on his student. This is wrong, and he needs to be reeducated to not beat children.”
Another commenter, however, disagreed, writing: “The truth is, this happens everywhere in China. This is what communism is, teachers beat students every single day. True, some people might not be as soulless as this one seen in the video, but the beating/discipline still very well exists until this day and is very normal to their culture. It’s not okay — you should condemn it, not justify it.”
The original commenter responded: “Is that what you think or just a misinterpreted fact you heard? I’ve been to school in Chongqing. My best friend is an English teacher in the primary school as well. I’ve never witnessed nor heard of a teacher physically punishing a student. I will admit, my ex-girlfriend got slaps on the wrist from one of her teachers when she was in her youth, but that was years ago and in a smaller school. The only form of punishment towards a student that I’ve heard of is reporting the misbehaving child to their parents and having them take care of their child at home. This doesn’t just happen in China you know?”
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