Police probe child abuse at Beijing kindergarten, parents enraged

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/23 17:33:00

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Police are investigating a private kindergarten in Beijing after parents say they discovered multiple needle marks on their children.

Furious parents were waiting outside the RYB Education kindergarten, and demanding to see the head of the school and view a surveillance video because they suspect the kindergarten has been abusing their children.

"My child is only three-and-a-half years, and I found needle hole marks on his thighs and buttocks. I am trembling with anger now," a parent told the Beijing News.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Aside from the needle marks, some parents said their children refused to go to kindergarten because the teachers were feeding them pills. "I ate it…the teacher fed us…to sleep…other children also took them everyday…," a child said in a video the parent provided to the Beijing News.

However, one employee from the kindergarten told the People's Daily that there are surveillance cameras everywhere in the kindergarten and  that the teachers are qualified.

She added that she already surrendered the surveillance video to the police and is awaiting further investigation. 

Some netizens claim the children were being molested, and that their classmates were told to watch.

Cui Lijun, brand director of RYB Education kindergarten, told the People's Daily that the parents have no evidence.

The Beijing News said police invited the parents to the police station to discuss their investigation.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Photo: Li Hao/GT

The education commission of Chaoyang district, where the kindergarten is located, has begun its own investigation.  

The case has sparked heated discussions on social media and is one of several cases of children being abused at day-care centers and kindergartens.

Earlier this month, a day-care center in Shanghai was criticized after a video posted online showed one of its teachers pushing children around and feeding them wasabi. 

Four people working for the day-care center in Shanghai were arrested, including the center's headmaster. The center has been closed. 

The RYB Education kindergarten's website says the kindergarten was founded in 1998, and claims to be China's largest early-years education service provider in terms of annual revenue.

The company, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, operates 500 kindergartens in 130 cities and towns, with nearly 300,000 children per week.

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