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Parents of boy dead at school seek justice

THE shocked and angry parents of a seven-year-old boy want justice after their son died at school on September 9.

"He was in grade one and had only gone to school for seven days," the boy's father, Shen Jianhua, told Shanghai Daily.

The family has been deeply struck by the sudden tragedy, with the boy's grandmother having fallen ill and the mother suffering a breakdown.

The mother went to school to pick up her son from Shanghai Sanzao Primary School in the Pudong New Area at noon on September 9 after the school dismissed classes in the afternoon. She went to the playground and found her son, Shen Xin, lying on the ground with blood in his nose and mouth.

She knelt down and begged the onlookers to save her son, but no one lent a hand. The boy was rushed to the Nanhui Central Hospital about 10 minutes later but died before reaching the hospital.

The school declined to take responsibility, saying the boy died of an illness. They said he fell down suddenly when playing on the playground. But it agreed to offer humanitarian financial aid totaling 200,000 yuan (US$31,292) for the boy, Shen said.

"The school should assume 100 percent responsibility," he said.

Shen said some students witnessed the boy falling down after being hit by a football kicked by some older students.

"I have a name list of the students who witnessed the scene," he said. "But the school has put a lot of pressure on them and some are not willing to talk to me now."


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