Some officials have been known to take China’s yearly tradition of military training for incoming university students a bit too seriously, but it’s honestly going to be hard now to top instructors at a Hunan university, who on Tuesday forced female students to lie down out on the asphalt, wrapped up in blankets, under the hot sun as punishment for not keeping their room tidy enough.
Mandatory military training is an annoyance/matchless patriotic bonding activity for freshmen university students across China. Normally the worst that seems to happen is that you have to march in the rain under umbrellas, be scolded for poor bottle balancing skills or applaud your delusional college chairman like he’s Xi Jinping.
Not so for more than 20 female freshman students at the Hunan Vocational College of Foreign Languages whose dorm room cleanliness was found not up to standard. As punishment, out on the university track, instructors made the women roast under the heat of the sun and the shameful gaze of more than two thousand of their peers.
According to NetEase, one freshmen student Liu Min (speaking under a pseudonym for obvious reasons) explained that it wasn’t quite as bad as it looks. “Instructors were checking their quilts to make sure that they weren’t too tight,” the student said, adding that the punishment lasted for “no more than 10 minutes.”
Instructors also managed to find another creative way to humiliate dozens of students to near heat exhaustion by forcing them to wrap themselves up in quilts and don plastic buckets on their head for a degrading jog around the track with other trainees looking on.
After pictures of the blanket-wrapped students leaked online, the university principal admitted that this kind of punishment is likely harmful emotionally. He talked to the military instructor, who said he will chill out a bit. The school will also arrange psychological counseling for the students forced to endure the blanket punishments.
[Images via NetEase]