A video showing a disabled 14-year-old boy being beaten by a classmate with a stick has gone viral, with netizens condemning the senseless cruelty.
According to Xinhua News, the victim was identified as Zhong Xiaoliang, a student from Taiping No.2 Middle School. He was born with a mental disability and was brought up in a single-parent family.
Xiaoliang’s mother, surnamed Deng, received pictures from his cousin who attended the same school on June 29, showing Xiao Liang’s nostrils and ears plugged with cigarettes as he made a V-sign with his fingers.
Ms. Deng was inflamed by the pictures and sent them to Xiaoliang’s headteacher, hoping that he would intervene in the matter. She was invited to the teacher’s office the next day, where she saw the video along with three other parents.
The video, which showed Xiaoliang wrapped in a quilt while being beaten by other students, upset Ms. Deng. She told reporters that although she knew his son was bullied, she didn’t realise the extent of the problem.
“It was ok in primary school because his elder brother would protect him. But he’s now in junior high school and his brother went to a different school. His classmates often bully him. They would make him buy them meals and bottled water from school cafeteria. They even told him to do their laundry,” Ms. Deng said.
One of the classmates involved admitted he had taken part in the beating, but claimed that he only kicked Xiaoliang twice before other classmates asked him to videotape the scene. He added that after they beat him up, they stuck cigarette ends into his nostrils and ears before taking his pictures.
According to the reports, the students involved were all Xiaoliang’s classmates. The other six parents agreed to pay for Xiaoliang’s medical care and promised that the bullying would stop.
Ms. Deng said that she was hoped her son would be able to participate independently in society and so decided to send him to a normal school, although the incident has made her think twice about her decision.
The school’s headmaster told reporters that the school has punished the four students involved.
Watch the the video here:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Yangcheng Evening News // Video via Phoenix]