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12/16/2016

Boy pushed down school stairs, as China’s bullying problem intensifies.

Boy pushed down school stairs, as China’s bullying problem intensifies

Dozens of screenshots from video footage capturing a primary school boy deliberately being pushed down stairs at school by another student have provoked anger and discussion on Chinese social media, adding fuel to surging concerns over the country’s bullying epidemic.
Chen Kai, a 12-year-old boy from a primary school in Tai’an, east China’s Shandong Province, was filmed being hurled down a high set of steps and crashing to the ground after his classmate suddenly pushed him during a class break.
Parents of the victim said the boy was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries by a local hospital, and was left emotionally unstable even months after the horrific incident.
“My boy is far more timid than before,” said the parents, adding “a lot of his hair has fallen out compared to before, because he’s so scared.”
The parents of Zhao Xing, the student accused of pushing Chen, were reluctant to define the case as a reflection of campus violence, preferring to brush it off as a “mischievous joke” between two naughty boys.
Describing the case as a “misguided clash” between two students straight after the incident, the school up until now has given no further response to the victim’s parents, who have demanded a further investigation.
This case is far from the first time that school bullying has been thrust into the public limelight. In recent years, shocking reports of students suffering physical as well as psychological violence at school have almost become recurring headlines for domestic media.
A mother’s outcry over the experience of her son, who had a filthy toilet trash basket thrown at his head in a renowned primary school in Beijing provoked widespread public anger in December. Last June, extremely violent footage capturing three middle school students in Sichuan Province battering a girl naked while subjecting her to horrific verbal abuse made thousands of netizens call for the government to come up with a legal solution or policy to curb the rampant phenomenon.
According to a survey carried out by China Youth and Children Research Center in 2016, 32.5 percent of China’s students had experience of “mild bullying,” with 6 percent saying that they had been severely bullied on at least one occasion.
The Education Supervision and Guidance Committee of the State Council in May this year launched a special campaign in a bid to urge schools to focus on dealing with accelerating bullying cases. Schools are also required to conduct education and classes focused on school violence, to prevent their students from bullying others.

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