An 11-year-old middle schooler obsessed with the internet is currently in the hospital after his mother resorted to slicing open his leg with a kitchen knife when she felt all other discouragement had failed.
Dongdong’s (pseudonym) internet obsession began months ago, when he discovered the joys of internet gaming in China’s numerous black internet bars. China’s current laws require all internet bar users to register with an ID card and have their picture taken, as well as limit the amount of time youth spend online. Since the restrictions, black internet bars have sprung up to fill the demand, and have profited massively from children like Dongdong.
To fuel his addiction he would routinely steal money from his parents in small amounts, or “lose the change” when his parents sent him to the store to buy groceries.
The night of the incident, Dongdong had gone to dinner with his parents, whereupon he promised (as he had numerous times before) to relinquish his internet bar ways and return to his studies. However, at the end of the meal, Dongdong slipped away and disappeared from the restaurant along with 100RMB of his mother’s money.
Upon collecting their son and returning home, his parents first beat him with a laundry rack, and when Dongdong remained defiant, his mother grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed his leg.
Corporal punishment is still very common in China, and is encouraged as an effective method of temperance (so long as it’s parents, and not a teacher).