Corpun file 16177
(English translation below)
Northeast News Net (NEN), China, 10 January 2005
8-Year-Old Girl Caned on the Bare Buttocks In Front of the Class for Not
Finishing Her Homework
"The teacher told me to come up to the podium, then [she] called three boys, one to hold me by my waist, the other two to pull my pants down, each grasping a leg.... For each exercise I had failed to finish I was to be given 10 strokes, so my butt got whacked 40 times." -- a statement from the caned girl.
"It takes a spanking on the bare bottom to make one a truly obedient and diligent student." -- a statement from one of her classmates, who had been spanked on another occasion.
The girl, Honghong (name changed) comes from Dongzikou in Xiangquanshui
village in northeast China (province not indicated). Due to recent illness, she
came to school on 27 December 2004 with her homework unfinished. The incident
took place in front of 58 other pupils, some of whom had also been spanked less
severely by the same teacher, Ms Wang. When asked, several students said they
still support the use of spanking in the schools, although it is illegal in
government schools in China. Reporters who went to her home viewed dark welts
still remaining on the girl's posterior over ten days after the caning with a
wooden pointer. Because of the pain, according to her parents, she had to sleep
on her stomach with her bare bottom uncovered, causing her to catch cold and
develop a fever.
Mr. Zhou, the principal of the school, explained to members of the media that corporal punishment is forbidden. The teacher, who claimed to be under
psychological stress at the time, has since apologized to the girl's parents,
and was placed under observation by school authorities for a month. She said
Honghong had been lax about assignments for two months. The girl, a second
grader, requested to be transferred to another section, although she indicated
that Ms Wang had been an effective lecturer. The principal said he would bring
the teacher to the student's home in an effort to coax her back to school. When
asked by reporters how she felt during the ordeal, Honghong responded: "It was so embarrassing! I just wished the teacher would get it over with quickly."