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School that sold beer, parents lose case

A SECONDARY vocational school in Yangpu District was ordered to pay 188,000 yuan (US$29,572) yesterday for selling beer in its cafeteria, leaving a 17-year-old paraplegic after she fell from a dorm while trying to keep a drunk fellow student from falling.

The Yangpu District People's Court also ruled the parents of the drunken student, surnamed Zhao, must pay the same amount as the school in compensation to the paralyzed victim, surnamed Wang.

The court heard that Wang and Zhao, both 17, bought 12 cans of beer from the school's cafeteria on the night of April 6 last year and drank together. The pair went to Wang's room on the third floor after they learned teachers were checking the dorms.

According to witnesses, Zhao, who was drunk at that time, climbed out onto the windowsill to look for a missing ring on a cement slab used for the air conditioner's condenser. Wang followed Zhao outside, meaning to protect her, but the pair fell off together, the court heard.

Zhao had slight injuries while Wang suffered lumbar fractures and paralysis.

Wang brought Zhao, Zhao's parents and the school to court, demanding compensation of over 600,000 yuan.

In court, Zhao said she was sympathetic but she could remember nothing as she was drunk. Zhao also blamed the school for selling beer to students. The school argued that the two students had violated school regulations.


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