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Teacher said to help students use drugs

A TEACHER with an eastern China's Jiangxi Province training school has allegedly helped his students to use drugs.

Police caught two students and the teacher's two friends who were using drugs on August 7 at a bar in Nanchang, the provincial capital, yesterday's China Youth Daily reported.

It is not clear how the teacher, surnamed Fan, was punished.

The students had asked Fan, 20, where to get drug called "king powder" earlier that day upon their graduation from the "Sun I Can" school, the report said.

Fan managed to help the students buy the drug and asked three of his friends to join a drug party in a bar.

Fan started teaching at the school in April, according to He Guangzhao, vice headmaster of the school. He had served in the army in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and was jobless before being hired by the school. He left the school in August.

The school, launched in 2006, claimed to help "problematic" students recover from all kinds of bad problems ranging from playing truant to Internet addiction.

Currently, there are more than 60 students, some from Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, an unnamed school official told the newspaper.

It charges 21,600 yuan (US$3,163) for each student a semester.

Despite the high cost, the school is housed in a dilapidated building in the remote area of Nanchang, parents complained. But school officials argued the inferior housing is part of its education program. "The inferior material environment is what the students need indeed," said Zhang Aijun, dean of the enrollment department.


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