PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 12:22pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 3:23pm

Teenager slapping and kicking father shocks viewers


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

A video of a 14-year-old girl repeatedly slapping and kicking her father on a street in Nanjing has gone viral, drawing heated discussions online and off.

In the video clip, the teenage girl named Xiaojin is seen slapping her father’s face multiple times before punching and kicking him.

What’s equally upsetting is the father’s calm demeanor. He appeared neither angry nor defensive while being attacked by his daughter.

While many viewers expressed shock at the video, others wonder why it happened.

According to media reports, Xiaojin’s parents divorced when she was young, but it was not until this year that her father won custody. Before then, she had been raised by her grandparents.

Xiaojin claimed her father often beat her when he was drunk. He also forced her to go to work with him and wait outside for him to finish, she said.

Xiaojin’s father said he had beaten her only twice. He said he was being protective because he believed his daughter had befriended the wrong crowd.

Trying to get away from her father, the girl escaped in September. Her father found her in a hotel where she was working and called the police.

The video was taken when Xiaojin’s father tried to drag her home from the hotel.

He promised to give her more space in the future besides an allowance to support her studies.


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