People's Daily slams 'spoiled' children of top officials
Agence France-Presse in Beijing
The mouthpiece of the Communist Party on Monday lamented a generation that had never tasted "hard work" after the son of a general was held on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape.
Li Guanfeng, the teenage son of general Li Shuangjiang - a popular military singer - was held last Thursday in the latest allegation against privileged children of officials to spark outrage.
The news has dominated internet message boards, online news portals and state-run newspapers.
"Family education" among successful, well-known figures in China needed to be "cautious", said the People's Daily in an editorial on the case.
"Many of these children have not experienced the hard work needed in the struggle to achieve success, but are shown the results of this success.
"Used to getting everything they want and having all their problems handled, they will use their father's name as an excuse, take flaunting wealth for granted and regard defying the law as brave behaviour."
Li is among five suspects detained over allegations of a sexual assault on February 17, the state-run China Daily said.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed Beijing police source saying the group were accused of gang-raping a woman in a hotel room after a night of drinking.
It is not the first time the 17-year-old has come to public attention.
He was sent to a government correctional facility for one year in 2011 for beating a couple while their young child looked on. Domestic media reports said his parents changed his name from Li Tianyi to Li Guanfeng on his release.
The general apologised for his son's actions on that occasion.