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Fourth-grade teacher in student slapping incident fired

A PRIMARY school teacher who made hungry children slap each other on the face was fired, the Qingpu District Education Bureau said today.
Li Shichao was the teacher of a fourth-grade class at Xiaokang Private Primary School. Children in his class were denied lunch and deskmates were asked to slap each other on the face on Tuesday, officials said.

The bureau began a probe following a complaint from a pupil's father, who said his son had to slap his own face because his deskmate was off that day.

The parent, surnamed Li, told Shanghai Television Station that the teacher was annoyed because some children went outside to play during a lunch break and they were seen by the principal, who criticized the teacher.

Some girls even cried after being slapped, the father said.

The teacher denied ordering children to slap each other when confronted by a TV reporter yesterday. He said the children missed lunch because they made mistakes and he had to talk to them, which took some time.

The bureau said an investigation had shown that what the parents claimed was basically true.

All the school's administrators were asked to apologize to students and parents in the class in person, according to the bureau. Five school officials including the vice principal, moral education instructor and cafeteria manager were given financial punishment.

The bureau said it has organized psychological experts and volunteers to comfort children in the class.

The school is attended mostly by children of migrant workers in the district. The education bureau said it will hold a conference to circulate information on and criticize the incident before all migrant primary schools in the district, as well as strengthening the management of migrant primary schools.


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