Photos of a Changsha kindergarten teacher smiling and posing atop piles of children stacked between mattresses have shocked parents and netizens after being posted to social media sites.
Upon sight of the photos, which one parent initially uploaded to QQ, other parents took to social media to express their shock over what was meant to be a course demonstrating compressive strength and teamwork.
“The teacher is very happy, yet look at the expressions the children bear,” one parent wrote. “My heart is cold!”
School officials have explained that the “hamburger” stacking game is an activity commonly performed around schools meant to exercise will power, resilience and team cooperation.
“The event has safety precautions throughout,” one official explained to parents.
Another expert stated that while the mats should evenly distribute force to bear the weight of the children, it is still a dangerous activity because kids at the bottom are prone to suffocation.
Children making up the bottom half of the human sandwich displayed varying reactions.