A 12-year-old student in Shenzhen suffered a ruptured spleen after he was reportedly beaten up by three pupils because he refused to pay a “protection fee”.
The young victim, a sixth-grader surnamed Han, had reportedly been ganged up on by two of his classmates and a 15-year-old dropout who was trying to extort money from the boy.
Han told his father that it was common for older students to bully younger students like himself, and that certain “gangs”, usually made up of dropouts, were known to roam about the school area collecting “protection fees” from younger kids.
“My son told me his classmates asked him for a hundred yuan, but he rejected them and was beaten up at school,” Han’s dad told reporters.
Han hadn’t told his parents about attack until 10 days later, when his stomach started hurting. His family took him to Songgang People’s Hospital and found out that his spleen had been ruptured and that he was in critical condition.
School officials claim that measures had already been taken to punish the bullies, but refused to take responsibility or pay for the boy’s medical bills.
The case is the latest in a string of bully attacks on school children this past week, including a case in Zhejiang province, where four junior high students ganged up on a first grader, slapped him repeatedly and even threw lit cigarettes in his shirt.
By Maggie Wong