A 12-year-old boy from Henan needed eye surgery after he was subjected to around 40 slaps in the face from his classmates under the direction of his teacher because he didn’t finish his homework. ‘Whoever’s slapping is loudest will get a prize,’ the teacher reportedly told students.
“After being slapped, the teacher then made me do push-ups, and did not allow me to eat lunch. Later that night, I found out that I couldn’t see properly from my left eye.” the boy, surnamed Dou, said.
Dou’s mother Wang called the boy’s elementary school principal when she’d discovered what happened. “The principal told me he would take care of it. I didn’t know the damage was so severe. The doctor had told me my child’s eye might not be cured,” she said.
Deng Baozhen, Dou’s teacher who commanded the slapping, claimed that punishing the children helped them to progress in class, according to reports.
“The school has given us 30,000 [yuan] as compensation, but after one surgery had to be done, we’ve already spent it all.” Dou’s mother said.
The school’s principal said Deng Baozhen has been detained by the police.
By Isabel Quan