Riots of sorts broke out at a vocational college in Guangdong province when students reached their tipping point over a variety of problems that had been building up on campus, the main one being that the price of food in the school cafeteria was too damn high.
Garbage was strewn about, tables were turned over and the principal was even attacked in the heat of the chaos. At one point, around 3,000 students were gathered on school grounds in protest. Scores of police officers were dispatched to the scene to maintain some semblance of order.
The students voiced their dissatisfaction with the way the principal was running things, specifically, the school canteen—where quality was below standards and prices were driven up. They also expressed complaints about frequent power failures in the dorms. Last week, a student was injured when an electricity socket exploded.
Students stormed through the cafeteria and other areas, smashing windows, damaging school equipment and throwing bottles.
Yesterday, school officials announced that the prices in the canteen would be lowered to meet students’ needs. The ringleaders of the protests were expelled have been reported to police.