A 19-year-old ‘internet addict’ was allegedly beaten to death at “internet rehab,” a type of ex-military-run ‘boot camp’ set up to combat rampant internet and gaming addiction among China’s youth. The reason for the beating: she used the bathroom without permission. Bloomberg reports:
A 19-year-old girl, referred to as Guo Lingling (this may be a pseudonym), was allegedly struck and kicked repeatedly by her so-called instructors after failing to ask permission to go to the bathroom. An autopsy report showed she died from skull injuries and brain damage.
When her mother came to the school to collect Guo’s remains, other students gave the grieving woman their names and phone numbers, asking for her help in contacting their own parents to get them out of the boot camp. One of the practices of the facility, which aimed to “reform” behavior through fear-based training and harsh discipline, was to limit students’ contact with the outside world.
Yeah, they might’ve been a tad overzealous here. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time internet addiction has resulted in violence. A distraught mother in Hebei reportedly knifed her son because she couldn’t handle his internet addiction while another drowned herself in a river over an argument about “League of Legends.”
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