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Rape leads to sacking of school leaders

MOST of the leaders of a rural school in Shaanxi Province were sacked after lax security contributed to the rape of an 11-year-old girl in a school dormitory.

Along with the school's principals, the head of Hengshan County's education bureau and top town officials were also punished to various degrees, Zheng Dongshan, a county official in charge of the case, told Shaanxi-based Chinese Business yesterday.

The 11-year-old girl was sleeping in her school dorm, which can't be locked, with 10 other young girls when she was raped on May 21, the newspaper reported.

The girl's roommates said the rape happened at around 11pm. A man came into their dorm and checked all the girls first using the light from his cell phone screen.

The man then pressed on the girl and raped her, the report said.

One theory suggested the rapist knew the victim, according to the newspaper.

It was reported that most teachers knew the girls' dormitory could not be locked yet no one did anything to improve security.

The leaders of the school agreed to give the girl's family 265,000 yuan (US$38,795) in exchange for the family not appealing to higher authorities or accepting media interviews.

The deal aroused anger after a family friend posted details on an Internet forum.

Hengshan police said the agreement would not influence their investigation. The rapist remains at large.

The girl, the top student in her class, has not returned to her hometown since the rape occurred, the report said.


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