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Boy sues kindergarten director over beatings

THE parents of a three-year-old Beijing boy have taken a kindergarten director to the court on behalf of their child, claiming she beat the boy everyday for more than one month.

The boy, identified as Bei Bei, doesn't like to take a nap at noon, which led to the assault, Beijing Times reported today.

The boy's parents are demanding 35,000 yuan (US$5,150) compensation for medical expense and mental anguish. Bei Bei was diagnosed as traumatized from the beatings, the report said.

The director Zhang Shurong denied the accusation to police but two teachers from the kindergarten appeared in the court as witnesses for Bei Bei.

A teacher surnamed Zhou called Bei's mother on March 19 to tell here about the beatings and suggest she move the boy to another kindergarten.

The next day another teacher told her Zhang slapped the boy every day, had given him a bloody mouth and choked him with a quilt twice, the report said.

Bei Bei had attended the kindergarten for a month by the time his mother found out about the beatings and called the police.

Teachers had been threatened to keep quiet, according to the report.

Bei Bei's mother told the court her boy had bruises on his body and often awoke suddenly at night, crying. He became withdrawn and stopped eating.

Two teachers surnamed Zhou and Zhang had already quit the kindergarten. Zhang told the court she saw the director beat Bei Bei several time. She also asked for police protection as she said the director threatened her before the trial.

The neighborhood committee kindergarten charges 350 yuan per month. The Yungang neighborhood committee service center, which rented the premises to the kindergarten were also taken to court.

The court didn's announce a verdict yesterday.


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