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This footage shows a cram school teacher – who appears to be smoking – hitting a crying schoolboy with a stick over 30 times until it breaks after he was unable to solve a maths equation.
The incident reportedly happened at a privately run and unlicensed cram school called ‘Liu Liu’ in Shizhu Tujia Autonomous County, which is in south-western China’s Chongqing Municipality.
The footage is believed to have been filmed by one of the boy’s classmates and shows the cram school founder and maths teacher, who parents have named as Chen Changjiang.
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In the footage, Chen – who appears to have a cigarette in his mouth – forces the boy to hold out his hand which he forcefully strikes with his pointing stick. The child tries to pull his hand away but the teacher holds on even tighter before striking it several more times.
The shocking punishment continues with the crying and howling schoolboy being hit on the arm and backside by the educator, who counts his blows from one until he loses track after 16.
Another clip shows the child being hit again in a similar manner after he is forced to kneel on the floor in front of the sadistic teacher.
In an interview given to local media after the incident, Chen said: “It happened two to three days ago. He wasn’t even able to solve a simple equation.
“I called him up to the blackboard and asked him to show me how to solve [the equation].
“He wasn’t concentrating and refused to learn. He only wanted to play all day.”
A Shizhu county education bureau official said Chen had been accepting pupils since 2018 despite not having a licence to do so.
The institute, which teaches Chinese, English and mathematics, had been ordered to cease their operations, but Chen ignored the authorities.
The official said Chen had just under 120 pupils.
Investigations are ongoing, with no arrests announced at the time of writing.
Chen has not publicly apologised for the incident.
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