Friday 22 September 2017

Teacher 'told boy to jump from 30-storey window for talking'

Tom Phillips Shanghai

A Chinese father is calling for an inquiry after his 10-year-old son threw himself from a high-rise building, allegedly on the orders of a teacher who caught him talking in class

The boy fell to his death from a 30-storey block of flats after a primary school teacher "ordered" him to jump, his family has claimed.

The boy, a pupil at the Huarun School in the south-western city of Chengdu, plummeted from the building at around 6.15pm on Wednesday, reports claimed.

One witness told Hong Kong's Phoenix TV that he had heard a "very shocking" bang that sounded like an exploding car as the child's body hit a vehicle parked outside the flats.

A statement from the boy's school described his death as an "accident".

However, relatives accused one of its teachers of instructing the child to jump from a building after he was caught talking during a reading competition and subsequently failed to complete a 1,000-character "self-criticism" essay given as punishment.

Li Yingju, the victim's father, demanded a full investigation. "All we want now is the truth," he said. "We want to give our son an answer. He was so smart."

Mr Li said he had not noticed anything "abnormal or unusual" about his son's behaviour before his death.

"Just a couple of days ago, he won first prize in an English test and was really happy about it," he said.

"My son had a sunny personality, as all of his classmates and our neighbours know."

Mr Li said he could not explain what had happened.

"He was so outgoing and was good at handling stress," he said. "I just can't imagine how severe the pressure or punishment must have been to make him do this."

A police official from Chengdu's Jinjiang district said an investigation was "still under way". (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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