A teacher in Sanming, Fujian was suspended after she sent one of her four-year-old students home on June 8 with a new piercing—a staple in his ear.
The child’s mother posted images of his swollen ear online, explaining that she found the staple as she was giving him a bath and he began crying in pain. When she asked what happened, he said that his teacher used a stapler to pierce his ears during lunch break.
The teacher, surnamed Lan, taught at the Jiangle County Art Kindergarten, the mother wrote in the post.
The county education bureau confirmed the incident and has already taken action against the teacher in question. According to NetEase News, she is now under police investigation for professional misconduct. Meanwhile, representatives from the kindergarten and the education bureau have paid home visits to the boy’s family to offer apologies and express sympathies.
The piercing in the boy’s left ear.
A picture of the boy undergoing medical examinations.
The diagnosis from the hospital.
The case follows various reports of abuse at the hands of kindergarten teachers in China. Last year, a young kindergarten teacher wrapped up a student’s head and hands with plastic tape and even shared the pictures to her friends on WeChat. Another teacher in Beijing was caught on film hitting, kicking and screaming at her kindergarteners.
By Crystal Lau
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