A 10-year-old Chinese boy jumped 30 floors to his death after failing to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher. The fifth-grade primary school student had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class but refused.
The educator allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, a report quoted relatives and the neighbour as saying.
“Teacher, I can’t do it,” was found written in one of his textbooks, CNR said. “I flinched several times when I tried to jump from the building.”
The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live. His furious relatives posted a banner outside the school in the southwestern city of Chengdu reading: “The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building”.
The police investigation is still under way. Strict discipline is an essential part of China’s education system and culture, and tradition demands deference to authority, putting children under pressure to obey instructions.
The boy’s school said today on its verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that the child and some of his classmates had been ordered to write reviews of their behaviour after they disturbed a speaking competition. He died “by accident”, it said.