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Teacher blamed for girl's suicide

By Liu Xiangrui (China Daily)

08:20, November 22, 2011

ZHENGZHOU - A teacher's decision to use corporal punishment might have influenced a school girl to commit suicide in Luoyang, a city in Henan province, according to an initial investigation.

On Saturday, authorities from Luoyang's educational department sent an investigation team to look into the death of a 13-year-old junior high school student who had jumped to her death the day before.

A report by the educational bureau said that a math teacher had punished the girl and several of her classmates for not doing their homework on time by making them do squat thrusts - an exercise in which a person first squats down, then thrusts his legs out horizontal to the ground, then returns to the squatting position and finally stands up. The report called the teacher's commands "corporal punishment in disguised form".

Educational authorities are assiduously pursuing the investigation, said Han Jingquan, deputy chief and spokesman of the city's educational department.

Anyone who is found to bear responsibility for the girl's death will be dealt with sternly, he said.

At the same time, Han rebutted allegations made previously by an unnamed source on an Internet forum.

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Yu at 2011-11-22116.197.0.*
If I am the father i would kill the teacher. Murderers have no right to live.

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