A father in Chongqing has come forward to speak about the shocking punishment his child received while at school from a teacher who broke two broomsticks beating the boy’s bottom.
Mr. Hu’s son is in fourth grade. One day last month he returned from school crying and seemed unable to sit down on the couch. “I pulled down his pants and he screamed,” Mr. Hu recalls. “He was very scared. His butt was black and his pants were drenched in blood so much that his broken skin was sticking to the fabric.”
According to NetEase, his son confessed that his teacher surnamed Li had given him the beating. Mr. Hu contacted teacher Li, who freely admitted to administering the punishment.
Mr. Hu showed a photograph of his child’s injuries to a local reporter while sobbing: “Look at this, I look and it breaks my heart. Look here, how could he be beaten that badly? He is my own son and I could never do such a thing to him, if I was a teacher, there is no way.”
Mr. Hu’s son said that he hadn’t completed that day’s dictation homework, so the teacher took him to his office and made him squat and count to 400. “If I didn’t count to 400 then he would beat me,” the boy said. The teacher then grabbed a broom and started the beating, in the process managing to break two broomsticks.
The child was taken to the hospital and has no lasting injuries, but scars can still be seen clearly on his skin. He has since returned to school while Teacher Li has been suspended pending further investigation.
Mr. Hu wants to settle out of court but the parties have yet to reach a compromise. “It depends on them, if they say 30,000 yuan then 30,000 yuan,” he said. However, Teacher Li has only been willing to pay 10,000 yuan. We will see if his attitude changes now that the story is making waves online.
“With my child being hurt in this way, if I did not speak out then I would be an unworthy father,” Mr. Hu said.
[Images via NetEase]