Kindergarten teacher under investigation after security video shows pupils dragged and slapped

Police launch inquiry after a parent reported the matter and provided a video, which showed at least five children being abused.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2018, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 11:36am

Police in eastern China have begun an investigation into claims a worker at a kindergarten physically assaulted children in her care, according to a local newspaper report.

Footage taken from security cameras at the school in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, appears to show the support teacher abusing several youngsters. In one clip she is seen dragging a child across a room, while in another she appears to slap a pupil as he is lying down during nap time, Modern Express reported on Monday.

“On the afternoon of May 5, a parent surnamed Li reported [the matter] and provided a video,” local police were quoted as saying in a statement.

“Police started an investigation as soon as possible and are currently registering it as a public security case.”

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The newspaper report said the footage, which was shot at the end of the March but was only widely shared online on Monday, showed at least five children being abused.

The kindergarten has closed pending a full inquiry, while the teacher, who was identified by only by her surname Yu, has been suspended, the report said.

“We are worried this will affect the children psychologically,” Li was quoted as saying, adding that he was also concerned the children would take the habits they learned at school home with them.

Another parent said her daughter had been at the kindergarten in the city’s Xuanwu district for less than a month but had complained she did not like it. The mother, who was not named, said she was concerned her child might also have been abused.

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The newspaper report said Yu had sent text messages to several parents in an effort to explain her actions.

“I really have not treated the children the way you imagine, but maybe there are better ways to educate children,” she was quoted as saying.

“I really do not have any malice, [but] perhaps this is an inappropriate method.”