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Training center teacher held over bashed pupil

A PRIVATE training center teacher has been detained by police in southwest China's Sichuan Province for allegedly letting students beat a 14-year-old student so badly that he was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The Chengdu Business Daily reported yesterday that the pupil suffered broken ribs, internal injuries, kidney failure and a bruised left eye after Tang Jingcheng, a teacher at a training center, asked students to beat the boy for failing to finish 500 push-ups before breakfast on August 4.

It was the boy's first day at the home-based center in a village in the province, according to the report.

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

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 of Sichuan University in Chengdu, capital of the rovince.

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

"The trainees bullied me and made me sleep on the floor," the boy said from his hospital bed on Monday.

The training center, infamous for its gruelling routines, came to public attention only when police were probing the death of a university student working in the center who drowned in a nearby river.

Police investigated and closed the training center on August 11, the report said.


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