Angry teachers take discipline too far on China's Children's Day

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 7:46am

Celebration of Children's Day on Saturday was marred by news of two cases of child abuse.

In one, a five-year-old boy was nearly smothered with a quilt, while in the other seven kindergarten children had their arms cut with scissors. The offender in both cases was their teacher.

A teacher at Xinyi kindergarten in Shanghai's Jiading district was put under detention for 10 days and fined 500 yuan (HK$627) for cutting the arms of the children on Thursday.

The teacher joined the private kindergarten two weeks ago for an internship. She cut seven children's arms with scissors because "they were not sitting straight", a police statement said.

One pupils required stitches.

The kindergarten was opened in 2009 by an Anhui native with about 700 pupils, mostly the children of migrant workers.

In the other case, a boy at Fengtai No 1 Kindergarten in Beijing, one of the best public kindergartens in the capital, was held under a quilt by his teacher because he wouldn't take a nap.

The boy told the principle his teacher had covered his head with a quilt and lay on him because he would not take his nap.

The teacher, who has been transferred to another class, has apologised. The only punishment was a fine of a month's pay.