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Bribes probe after student death

EDUCATION authorities in a Jiangsu Province city are investigating a teacher after a student committed suicide and his parents made allegations of bribery.
The dead student's parents say the teacher took bribes but when they did not offer money last month, their son was locked out of the classroom and later committed suicide, today's South Weekend newspaper reported.

The boy, Song Yan, 16, jumped from his fourth-story home in Yancheng City to his death on March 26, 42 days after he had been banned from night study in his classroom at Yancheng No.1 High School.

The teacher Ding Xiangming (not his real name) did not allow Song into the classroom because the family had not offered him money, Song's mother Li Qiulin claimed.

Song and his desk mate were both banned from the night study session after they had been accused of fighting on February 11.

But the boys were playing, not fighting, the desk mate Liu Feng (not his real name) explained.

Li said she had suggested offering money to the teacher so that Song could return to class, but this was rejected by the boy.

She offered 500 yuan to the teacher last October, Li said, after Song had been involved in a fight with classmates. The school didn't punish Song after the money was given, said the mother who earns 850 yuan (US$124) a month.

Her son never knew about this, she said.

Parents in Yancheng said they gave money to teachers for various reasons.

When a student's grades improved, money was offered as a thank you and when grades were low, money was given to ask the teacher to take more care of the student. Money was also offered in exchange for preferential treatment, parents said.

However the teacher Ding denied that bribery was involved and said his refusal to let the boys back into the classroom was in line with the school's strict management policies.

He said the school, the best in the city, had to supervise students strictly to ensure good academic performances, especially after the school had seen a steep rise in enrollments in the past 10 years. There were 25 classes in his grade, he said, compared with six a decade ago.

According to Liu Feng, Song was deeply angered by Ding. They both felt very isolated after being banned from the classroom.

He said he had seen "I will kill Ding Xiangming" and "I will blow up the school" written in Song's exercise books

The school signed a compensation agreement with Song's parents on March 30, promising to give 70,000 yuan, according to previous media reports. The school had offered 50,000 yuan to the family on the day of Song's death.


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