Video Credit: AsiaWire
These CCTV images show a nursery school teacher apparently slapping a young boy and hitting him on the head with a stack of workbooks as other pupils watch.
The teacher surnamed Xiao, who works at the Tianzhijiao Kindergarten in the city of Anshun, in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, was arrested by police less than 24 hours after the footage was leaked online.
The video acquired by a mother whose son attends Xiao’s classes shows the teacher wearing a red coat bending over a young girl and appearing to slap the pupil on the face four times.
She then turns her attention on the parent’s son, who is yanked forwards and pinched, before being slapped on the back of the head and hit with the stack of exercise books.
The teacher pulls two more pupils from their seats and pushes them away, out of frame, as the video ends.
Education bureau officials in Anshun’s Xixiu Districtare said Xiao was arrested at the privately run nursery school on 23rd October.
She has been handed 15 days’ detention as well as a cash fine of 1,000 RMB (110 GBP) as investigations continue.
She is expected to face further punishment including a likely lifetime ban from teaching.
The mother who released the footage online told local media:
“My son came home with scars on his face, so I went to his school and demanded to see security footage from his classroom.
“I saw the teacher hitting him and scratching his face with her nails.
“I sent the video to a group chat with all the parents. They wanted her dismissed and also wanted her to explain herself.
“She’s hit her pupils before.
“My son comes home with bruises here and there, but I always thought he had accidentally hurt himself at school, so I didn’t pay much attention.”
The mother did not say whether she and the other parents planned to file further charges for abuse.
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