Now, that’ll learn the little larcenist. In Pudong around 11:30am on Sunday, a couple from Anhui province tied up their 12-year-old son from a metal frame used for hanging clothes and used a whip to demonstrate traditional child-rearing techniques. The boy was being punished for stealing 300RMB from his parents, who work as electronic waste recyclers, to play video games. Considering that some will sell their kids to get their gaming fix, a little pocketing of your parents’ rent money seems harmless in comparison.
Eyewitnesses report that the boy’s Superior Chinese Mother pulled the rope to keep her son aloft and shouted, ‘Whip him to death!’ (往死里抽!), while the boy’s father beat the child. The father reportedly first began with a whip before switching to a wooden club, for a re-education session that lasted 30 minutes in total, meaning he was beaten at a rate of one minute for every ten yuan he pilfered.
Neighbors shouted at the parents to stop, and some tried to physically intervene. However, the father repelled them (perhaps with his mighty club-wiedling skills), shouting, ’It’s my son and my own way to educate him! That’s none of your business!‘
The beating finally ended when police arrived on the scene after being called by neighbors. However, rather than arrest the child abusers, the police merely let the parents off with a warning, asking them to refrain from future public humiliation bondage lashing rituals for their son, who sustained injuries on his legs. Shanghai might be China’s most modern city, but when it comes to child abuse, Confucianist mind-your-own-businessism still runs pretty deep, even in 2011.
Video of more Chinese parenting methods after the jump…
Meanwhile, a rural Jiangsu family decided the only option left for their own misbehaving 12-year-old little rascal was to shackle his feet in chains against their humble abode’s stairwell, from 6am until whenever the boy’s father returns from work. (Shackles are something we’ve seen employed as punishment before.)
Though the boy’s grandmother stays home all day, her child-shackling skills apparently didn’t meet the parents’ standards, who resorted to the chains only after trying to previously lock the boy in a room all day long, even setting up a steel gate that the boy found his way around.
Something tells us the ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug & t-shirt industry is never really going to take off in China. Just a hunch.