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Kindergarten abuse cases becoming major worry

By Shu Meng (Global Times)

08:10, October 29, 2012

This photo posted on Sina Weibo shows kindergarten teacher, Yan Yanhong, lifting her pupil off the ground by his ears in Wenling, Zhejiang Province.

Several recent instances of violence in kindergartens have caused widespread worry.

A teacher in a kindergarten in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province on October 15 disciplined a 5-year-old girl by slapping her across the face 70 times over a period of 10 minutes for an insignificant mistake. Only several days later, a photo showing a boy being lifted off the ground by the ears by his teacher, Yan Yanhong, in a kindergarten inWenling, Zhejiang Province surfaced. In the photo, Yan seemed to be amused at her horrific punishment of this child.

The public reaction was incendiary, asking why this kind of abuse keeps on happening.

Physical punishment of kids has obviously violated teachers' acceptable conduct. According to Chinese law, teachers shall not discriminate against students, punish them physically, humiliate them or strip them of their dignity, nor shall they infringe upon the students' rights. Physical punishment even in the so-called name of education will cause damage, even more so since Yan's action seems to have been for fun. These actions have seriously weakened the ethics of the entire profession.

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