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Calls for Action against School Violence in China after Group Attack on 12-Year-Old Girl Video Goes Viral

Another incident shows the gravity of China’s school bullying problem.

Manya Koetse

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Footage showing a brutal beating of a 12-year-old girl in Yunnan has sparked anger on Chinese social media, leading to widespread calls to step up the fight against school violence in China.

A bystander video showing various boys beating up a girl in Chuxiong, Yunnan, has gone viral on Chinese social media.

The footage (linkviewer discretion advised) shows how at least three different young men kick and beat the girl while laughing, continuing their assault when she is laying on the ground.

One hashtag page relating to the topic received over 500 million views on Weibo today.

According to various Chinese media reports, the incident occurred on May 25 in Lufeng county, Chuxiong, Yunnan Province. Four boys from 14 to 15 years old attacked the 12-year-old girl after they had an argument at school. The beating took place right after schooltime at an off-campus location.

Since May 27, the video started circulated online through chat groups on Chinese messenger app WeChat before it went viral on Weibo.

Yunnan Police stated on social media that the boys’ guardians have since apologized to the girl, who has now received medical care. The incident is still under investigation.

Thousands of Weibo commenters have responded to the incident with anger and disbelief. “What’s wrong with these boys?! How could they beat a young girl with so many of them?!”, a typical comment said.

Many Chinese netizens place the video in a larger framework, expressing outrage over the continuing problem of “campus violence” (校园暴力) in China.

“Stand up against campus violence!”, many say: “When will this finally stop?”

 

An epidemic of school violence

 

China has been dealing with an epidemic of school violence for years, with so-called ‘campus violence videos’ (校园暴力视频) being a concerning trend on Chinese social media.

Several factors may explain the emergence of extreme bullying or ‘campus violence’ (校园暴力) in China over the past years, including peer pressure, broken families, feelings of insecurity and increased time spent online.

In 2016, Chinese netizens already urged authorities to address the problem of bullying in schools. In previous years, the prevention and punishment of this kind of violence have increasingly become a topic of focus for the Chinese government and state media.

Netizens are mainly outraged over the continuing trend of campus violence and the extreme bullying videos for both legal and cultural reasons.

Legally, perpetrators often barely face legal consequences for their actions. Although schools will generally punish perpetrators and make them apologize, minors under the age of 16 rarely face criminal punishment for their actions.

Culturally, school bullying is often not seen as a serious one, with parents downplaying violent incidents as ‘small fights’ between kids.

With the Yunnan incident being yet another among so many over the past years, many netizens are calling for urgent action and warn that young people who display such violent behavior now, will continue to do so as adults.

“When can campus violence finally end,” one Weibo commenter (@草莓配糖) writes: “They are just using their status as minors as a protective umbrella.”

It is not yet known if the boys involved in this incident will face legal punishments. It would not be the first time for underage perpetrators in campus violence incidents to be sentenced.

In 2017, a Beijing court sentenced a group of ‘school bullies’ to prison for assaulting classmates and posting a video of their abuse online. In November of 2016, three female students were also sentenced six to eight months in prison for assaulting classmates and uploading a video of it on the internet.

Read more on school bullying and campus violence in China here:

 

By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Olivier

    June 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Actually there is less violence in China that in Europe , specially in School.
    and most of parents teachers really do not accept these fight which is a good think.
    By making it popular, it limit it to be done again.

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    Lisa

    June 25, 2020 at 11:11 am

    No words to describe such terrible behavior. Aggressors and their families should be punished, and information about what they did should be included in their social scoring records.
    Of course, there are such incidents in Europe – like everywhere – but it is not true that in China is less violence than in Europe.
    Do not say that it is not so bad, because such behavior is also “popular” in different countries

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    bubbleshooter

    June 29, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    It’s very sad to have such an incident in China. Schools should have security guards.

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15-Year-Old Girl Jumps to Death in Sichuan, Kills Father Who Tried to Catch Her

The tragic incident has stirred a flood of comments on Weibo.

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After the shocking death of a 2-year-old boy went viral in China earlier today, another tragic story is again top trending on social media.

On August 22, authorities in the city of Luzhou in Sichuan stated that on Saturday morning 10:30 a 15-year-old girl jumped from the 25th floor of an apartment building.

The girl’s father, a 42-year-old man, attempted to catch his daughter and break her fall. Both father and daughter were killed in the incident.

The hashtag “Father killed while trying to catch daughter who jumped off a building” (#父亲欲接坠楼女儿被砸身亡#) received over 460 million views on Weibo on Saturday, with thousands of people discussing the tragic event.

Bystander footage of the scene shows (blurred, viewer discretion advised) how people are screaming in horror when the girl jumps to her death.

The case is currently still under investigation.

Among the flood of comments, there are many who are worried about the mother in this family and offer their condolences: “She must be in so much pain.”

Some also ponder over the terrible predicament of the girl’s father and a dad’s love for his daughter, writing things such as: “He just relied on his instincts to step forward and open his arms.”

There are also many people reflecting on the stress experienced by young people in China, school pressure being a major issue, leading to self-harm or suicide. According to a 2017 news report, suicide is the leading cause of death among young Chinese people.

“I can understand both the daughter and the father,” some say: “I can feel the pain in my heart.”

 

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Outrage over Shocking Video – Shaanxi Toddler Dies after Father Violently Throws Him Down

A short video shows how a drunken father slams his toddler son into the sofa.

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A shocking video that shows how a drunken father throws his toddler son down is triggering outrage and legal discussions on Chinese social media. (Warning – distressing content.)

A video that shows how a young child gets slammed on the sofa by his father twice, and then to falls the ground, is sparking outrage on Chinese social media, where the topic received over 630 million views on Weibo on Saturday.

The 2,5-year-old child from the northwestern Chinese province Shaanxi died after the violent actions by his drunken father. The incident occurred on August 19 in the city of Baoji.

A 7-second video of the moment of the violent outburst, captured by the mother, has spread all over Chinese social media. (Here is a link to the video by The Paper, and here is one where the child is blurred – warning for distressing content.)

Baoji authorities have stated that the incident took place after an altercation between the parents over the child’s upbringing. The child later passed away at the hospital.

The father, named Liu, has been taken into custody. The mother is receiving psychological counseling.

Some of the discussions on Weibo are about the question of whether or not the father intentionally killed his child. His sentence will depend on whether he is charged with purposely harming the toddler, or purposely causing death.

If he is sentenced for killing his son, he could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

An in-depth discussion of the matter was provided by lawyer blogger “Ding Dalong” (丁大龙), who analyzed the short video and thinks that although it is obvious that the father intentionally harmed the child, he did not mean to slam the child to the ground, but on the sofa instead.

The lawyer, therefore, thinks the Shaanxi father should be charged with intentional harm, and not intentional homicide.

While many on Weibo think the father should receive the death penalty for his actions, there are also those who do not understand why the mother, who filmed the incident, did not step in.

According to sources quoted by Sina News, the child’s mother is suffering from a mental illness.

“Just because you can reproduce, does not mean you can be a parent,” some people on Weibo write.

Other post candles for the toddler. “This life was hard on you, little kid,” one commenter writes: “Hope you find peace in your next life.”

By Manya Koetse

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