A private kindergarten in Beijing was accused last week of giving children injections, feeding them mysterious white pills, punishing them by forcing them to stand naked, allowing them to be examined in the nude by a pair of elderly “doctors,” and even subjecting them to sexual molestation by a group of lecherous PLA officers. Police now say that only one of these things is kinda true, while the rest are completely false.
After reviewing more than 113 hours of surveillance video, authorities say that they have found no evidence that children were sexually abused at an infamous RYB Education kindergarten in the capital’s Chaoyang District, according to a police statement posted online on Tuesday night. A third-party forensics center also found no abnormalities after carrying out physical examinations at the request of parents on some of the girls at the school.
The kindergarten became the biggest news story in China last week as parents protested in front of the school’s gates and told reporters about how teachers had allegedly drugged and molested their kids. The sickening accusations ignited a massive firestorm of outrage across Chinese middle-class society, the like of which has rarely been seen before.
In the statement, Chaoyang police did admit that the school’s surveillance footage was incomplete with some of it “damaged” by a hardware malfunction explained by a 45-year-old worker living in the room where the surveillance equipment was kept who would regularly cut the system off after school each day because she found it too noisy.
Meanwhile, the footage did confirm that a 22-year-old female teacher surnamed Liu had been pricking kids with a sewing needle whenever they refused to go to sleep during naptime. Liu was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of child abuse.
The massive scandal began last Wednesday with a number of parents discovering needle marks on the arms, legs, and buttocks of their children. The parents said that when they asked their kids about the marks, the children said that teachers had given them injections. Other parents claimed that their kids had told them about how teachers had fed them white pills with an unknown substance inside and had punished them by having them stand naked for an extended period of time. Still others said that their children had been sexually abused.
Police found no truth in these accusations. According to a statement, two women, one 31-year-old named Liu from Beijing and another 29-year-old surnamed Li from Hebei, had made up and spread a story about a group of PLA officers regularly molesting kids inside the school. Liu has been arrested on suspicion of spreading false information, while Li has been criticized by police.
Meanwhile, one of the parents who had accused the kindergarten of feeding children mystery pills admitted that his young child was not actually drugged at the school, stating that a video showing the kid being given pills was in fact filmed at his own home and sent to the kindergarten parents’ WeChat group. That video was then downloaded directly by a Beijing reporter who did not verify its authenticity.
Similarly, the mother who said that her 3-year-old girl had told her that kids at the kindergarten were given regular “health checkups” by an “uncle and grandpa doctor” in which they were made to stand naked while one of the doctors was nude as well, has also admitted that the story is fake and has publicly apologized, police said.
On Chinese social media, comments have been turned off on threads carrying news about this latest police statement.
The case remains under investigation.