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Police are investigating this video – seen over four million times – showing a woman appearing to beat up a schoolboy after he accidentally hit her with a basketball and allegedly refused to apologise.
The footage taken by witnesses near the Songquan Apartments in the city of Shenzhen in China’s southern Guangdong Province shows the boy, aged around 10, accidentally bouncing the ball into the woman’s arm as she enters a park where the child and his friends are playing.
As the boy appears to walk away without apologising, the woman grabs him by the arm and is seen dragging him into the basketball court in front of other children and adults.
Video taken from outside the chain-link fence shows the boy screaming as the woman seems to throw him to the ground and slaps him.
Witnesses said the boy’s parents showed up shortly after, and local police were eventually called during the ensuing argument.
Both the boy and the woman suffered bruises and are having their injuries examined at a local hospital, with the child’s family accusing his alleged aggressor of assault.
The child’s mother, Ms Zhang, said her son is a fifth year pupil at the nearby Dongchang Primary School.
She said: “He has some bruises, but he’s still being checked at the hospital. We’re awaiting results.
“My concern at the moment is his physical well-being, but also his psychological health.
“I want him to grow up healthy and go to school.”
Mr Wu, the husband of the woman involved, defended his wife by saying: “My wife asked him to apologise, otherwise she would teach him a lesson.
“She then smacked him on the backside, but the boy swore at her.
“The two of them then started scuffling, then he bit my wife on the arm.
“He hurt her, then she pushed him away. That’s how it happened.
“She didn’t beat him up. He bit her arm, so she pushed him away.”
Officers with the Dongxiao Police Station said they were still investigating the case and had yet to bring charges against Mr Wu’s wife.
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