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Student needs dialysis after school beating

A PRIVATE training center teacher has been detained by police in Sichuan Province for allegedly letting students beat a primary student senseless, a Sichuan-based newspaper reported today.

The primary student suffered broken ribs, internal injuries, kidney failure and a bruised left eye after Tang Jingcheng, the teacher at the China Anti-tradition Training Center, asked other students to beat the 14-year-old boy for failing to finish 500 push-ups before breakfast on August 4, his first day at the home-based center in a remote village in the southwestern China mountainous province, according to the Chengdu Business Daily report.

The boy tried to escape twice from the center, about two hours walk from the nearest town, and was beaten every time after the students found him.

"Students beat him because he ran away and they had to chase him for several miles. Who else should they beat then?" Tang's mother said, "My son tried to persuade them but there are too many of them to stop."

Li Shubing, the boy's mother, received a notice on her son's birthday last Thursday saying her son was in a critical condition from Huaxi No. 2 Hospital in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

Li decided to spend 5,000 yuan (US$730) on his son's training in the center to help with his problems, such as unwillingness to go to school and addiction to the Internet.

From 8:30am to 11:30pm kids at the center were required to do morning exercise in bare feet before breakfast, more exercise in nearby mountains before lunch, calligraphy, swimming and evening exercise before going to bed.

"The trainees bullied me, let me sleep on the floor," the boy said from his hospital bed yesterday. "Another older boy was also punished with three wounds in his feet."

The boy was saved by police only after a university student working in the center drowned in a nearby river. Police investigated and decided to close the center on Tuesday.

Police found the injured boy in a dark house in the 200-square-meter residence after clearing out the "training center." He was sent by police to a local hospital in Zhongjiang County for a check-up and sent to the parents in Chengdu where the couple worked as migrant workers.

Li saw a badly battered boy in front of the police car, hesitated for a few seconds, finally recognized her son and cried.

Li and her husband had to borrow money to treat their son, who needed dialysis because of his kidney failure, in a hospital in Chengdu.

Villagers said the center started operation in February when Tang brought dozens of kids here.


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