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Parents of boy who died at school seek justice

THE parents of a 7-year-old boy want justice after their son died suddenly at school on September 9.

"He was in Grade One and had only gone to school for seven days," the father Shen Jianhua, told Shanghai Daily.

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

On the tragic day the mother went to Shanghai Sanzao Primary School in Pudong New Area to pick up her son after the school dismissed classes for the afternoon to celebrate Teacher's Day, September 9.

She saw a crowd gathering on the playground and went directly to her son's classroom but was told that the boy had left. When she went to the playground she 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 he died before reaching the hospital.

The school declined to take responsibility, saying the boy died of an illness. They said he fell down suddenly while playing on the playground, but 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," Shen said.

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

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

Moreover, he criticized the school clinic for not providing proper and timely care that could have rescued his son.

The angry parents and dozens of family members protested at the entrance of school last week and uploaded videos and pictures of the dead boy online, which soon attracted widespread public attention and condemnation of the school.

The school declined to be interviewed. The education authorities told Shanghai Daily that the school had asked the family to launch an autopsy of the kid, but was refused.

Moreover, the boy's mother allegedly disclosed previously that her son had fainted three years ago, which supported the belief that the boy suffered from an illness.

They advised the father to launch lawsuits to tackle the problem instead of protesting at the entrance of school and disturbing order at the school.

"The school took advantage of our love for our kids because we don't want to destroy his body," Shen said.

Moreover, he said that his son had no heart disease and he fainted three years ago because he was running a fever. He claimed to have medical records to prove his son didn't suffer from any life-threatening disease.

"The school is not willing to negotiate with me," he said. "The security guards don't even allow me to enter into the premises. I did all this just to win their attention," he said.

According to a regulation under discussion now parents can get compensation of up to 630,000 yuan from schools for injuries to their children. Currently, the maximum compensation for student injury is 500,000 yuan.


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