On October 31st in Cixi, Zhejiang province, a primary school teacher frustrated with his talkative students decided to take action by forcing three young boys to run around the school’s track with their pants around their ankles. To make matters worse, the teacher assigned young girls to “supervise” the punishment of the boys.
The three boys were first year students, and the incident occurred reportedly because “the classroom was particularly noisy, the students were making paper airplanes in their desks, they had unsatisfactory scores, and they had an upcoming pinyin test.” The teacher lost control of the class, and then himself, forcing his unusual punishment onto the children.
The teacher attempted to submit a letter of resignation three times. However, after holding a meeting with fellow teachers and school administrators following an investigation he’s been given another chance and will remain in his position. The teacher has since apologized for his actions.
Many parents and observers say an apology does not go far enough, though. A law firm has made the claim that the teacher’s “pantsless running punishment” is a disguised form of corporal punishment, and is in direct violation of China’s Protection of Minors Act. The Protection of Minors Act states that “school and nursery staff should respect the human dignity of minors and students and should not inflict corporal punishment, disguised corporal punishment or other degrading punishment upon children.”
On Weibo, KanKanNews asked “should this teacher be given another chance?” with the Netizen response thus far being a resounding “No!”
Now that the story has spread across the internet, we suspect it’s only a matter of time before the school accepts the teacher’s resignation to quell the upcoming firestorm.