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Chinese boy, 10, jumps 30 floors to his death after 'his teacher orders him to'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 5:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 November, 2013, 5:08pm

A 10-year-old Chinese boy jumped 30 floors to his death after failing to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher, state media reported on Thursday.

The fifth-grade primary school student had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class, China National Radio (CNR) reported on its website, citing a neighbour.

The educator allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, the report quoted relatives and the neighbour as saying.

"Teacher, I can't do it," was found written in one of his textbooks, CNR said. "I flinched several times when I tried to jump from the building."

The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live, the West China City News reported.

His furious relatives posted a banner outside the school in the southwestern city of Chengdu reading: "The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building," pictures showed Thursday.

"The police investigation is still under way," said an official of Jinjiang district, where the incident happened, declining to comment further.

Strict discipline is an essential part of China's education system and culture, and tradition demands deference to authority, putting children under pressure to obey instructions.

The news provoked sadness and sympathy on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

"How can a guy like this be a teacher?" wrote one poster. "Who gave him the right to speak in this way? Why does the student have this kind of blind obedience?"

The boy's school said Thursday on its verified account that the child and some of his classmates had been ordered to write reviews of their behaviour after they disturbed a speaking competition.

He died "by accident", it said.


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With teachers like this, what kind of society is China producing.
What a sick society..........a teacher telling a kid to jump out of a building.............
This is simply stupid. Just look at things from an even perspective, we always aim jibes at other people. For those who think the teacher actually meant it and the student thought she did I have no words to say. Recently (about 1 month ago) I heard in America a student jumped to her death due to harassment from other students who kept on bullying her in school and on the net after she moved. Now that is a problem, especially when one of the bullies claimed that the girl who jumped deserved it. Yet this is a totally different case. The teacher told the student once, probably didn't mean it literally (usually we say these things to show disappointment) and the student who was probably already slightly emotionally unstable used it as an excuse to kill himself.
To those who say that this is due to "those damn teachers in China" All I can tell them are that they are damn hypocrites. For example, if a western teacher told a student to "go to hell" and the student listened, people would blame it on "Chinese culture". So all I can conclude is that in this case, the teacher's words can at best be seen as a catalyst. The teacher is not fully at fault. She was only in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Is that why some commute to HK for schooling?
Alright, F*** those damn teachers in mainland china, seriously WTF
I'm not seeing what the problem was...
Oh dear how sad...
Figures, confucius style of teaching and brain washing!!!! Total control!!!

China should go into mourning for a month...we have become complete savages in 30 years.
Sticks Evans
Throw the teacher off of a 30 story building and broadcast it.



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