Teachers fired for child assault

11:12, November 29, 2010      

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Two kindergarten teachers in Daxing district have been fired after a video emerged online showing them abusing a 4-year-old boy.

The video appeared on the Internet on Tuesday afternoon entitled "Teachers at Daxing district No 1 kindergarten beating a student".

During the five-minute video, a woman pulls the 4-year-old boy's ears and shakes his body hard before another woman kicks his body and legs. Eventually, the two women make another 4-year-old boy join in the attack and beat his classmate. During the video, crying is heard constantly.

After a few days of investigation, officials from the Daxing district education commission confirmed on Saturday afternoon that the video was genuine, according to Beijing Youth Daily.

The beating happened at 9:45 am on Nov 12 after two boys had fought at the kindergarten, the paper said. One of the toddlers had reportedly scratched the other's face. The education commission said the teachers beat the boy after he refused to apologize.

"The two teachers appeared irrational and treated the boy roughly," said the deputy head of the Daxing district education commission in an interview with Beijing News. "We think it is insulting and it could very well have caused both physical and psychological damage to the boy."

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