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Chinese students claim they were told to strip, and later beaten, after requesting refund from vocational school

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 1:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 1:38pm

Two students claim they were ordered to half strip by a teacher and then beaten after they requested a refund from a vocational school they were dissatisfied with.

The male students enrolled with the Shandong Lanxiang Senior Technical School in Jinan, Shandong province, in May to study cooking. The tuition fee was 7,000 yuan (HK$8,180) for three months, in which the school said they would learn 300 dishes, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

When the students found only 150 dishes would be taught and 25 people had to share only two woks to practise the dishes, they decided to quit and asked for a refund.

They said an unnamed teacher who was in charge of tuition fees told them before they received a refund, they had to remove their pants and underpants, which they did. They left the school when the teacher then told them to run around outside half naked.

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When they returned later that day to seek an explanation from the school’s administrators, they said they were beaten by about 20 people.

The students said they took videos and photos of the scene, but they were deleted by the people who beat them. Later, they were told by a teacher to sign a notice saying they had been expelled for fighting with other students.

The school said the teacher did not tell the students to remove pants, neither did the school arrange for the students to be beaten. The school alleged the two took their pants off deliberately, which affected school discipline.

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The school refused reporters’ requests to view CCTV footage of the incident and demanded that the students apologize and acknowledge the whole incident was their fault.

The students said they could not accept that, and it was ridiculous to say they removed their pants by choice and, therefore, it was impossible for them to apologize.