Abusive teacher was detained, but there’s no law for child abuse out of family

Yan Yanhong, the Chinese kindergarten teacher who lift boy off ground by ears for fun was fired on Oct 25. From the latest news, Yan was detained for provocative and disturbing behavior, but will likely receive no further punishment. She was not accused for the crime of abuse because China does not have a law that deals with child abuse outside of the child’s family.

Yan was born in 1992. She was the teacher of Class 2 at Blue Peacock Kindergarten in Wen Ling, Zhejiang Province. After the first picture of her lifting a 5-year-old boy off ground by ears spreading over the internet, outrageous netizens found more than 700 pictures of child abuse in her Qzone (similar to Myspace). The pictures showing her abusive behaviors for two years were proven true by police.

The spokesperson of the kindergarten said they had never heard of that before. There were reports from parents saying they found suspicious cuts and bruises on their children, but Yan said the children hurt themselves when they were playing. The problem is, the parents couldn’t get an answer from their children, because most of them dared not tell what really happened in the class. In this case, the boy had told his mother that he was bullied by the teacher, but she thought he was lying and trying to avoid school before she saw that picture on the newspaper.

In China’s criminal law, the crime of abuse is applicable among family members. Usually, suspects of child abuse in kindergartens are put under administrative detention for up to 15 days. This means she will not face criminal charges.

Statistics show that 40% of kids in China suffered different kinds of abuse, either physically or mentally. 4.4% of them went through severe, repeated abuse. Half of the boys and one-third of the girls have been physically punished (hit, kicked or spanked, usually by their parents or educators). And one-third of children have been humiliated in public, like being forced to call themselves bad names in front of the class, while no actual law could protect them from this mental abuse yet.

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Kindergarten teacher fired after posting her child abuse show

A Chinese kindergarten teacher in Zhejiang Province was reported of child abuse on October 24th. Shortly after the incidence, the video of her abuse in classroom was revealed, which enraged netizens across the country.

A snapshot of the video shared by Yan Yanhong

Yan Yanhong, a teacher from a voluntary kindergarten in Wenling, Zhejiang Province was pulling a child’s ears and lifting him off the ground in the playroom “just for fun”. At the same time she asked her colleague to shoot a video with cell phone and then she shared it online. Seen from the video, the boy was about 20 centimeters off the ground howling in pain, while the teacher Yan appeared with her pleased face.

Wenling City Bureau of Education launched an immediate investigation into the kindergarten after receiving report from the parents of the abused child. The Bureau notified the police of this incident and obliged the kindergarten to dismiss the teachers involved.

More child abuse photos are found in Yan’s space. She put stick tapes, kegs and dustpans on the children, even threw them in the bin for pleasure.

Besides, Yan was caught teaching without licence. According to Teng Linhua, deputy director of Wenling City Bureau of Education, teachers must have certification to teach in any schools. But the shortage of kindergarten teachers makes it impossible to ensure that every teacher has certification before filling the position.

More shocking news about child abuse in classroom

October 15, 2012

Chinese kindergarten teacher Li Zhuqing was accused of hitting students repeatedly. A 5 years old girl was slapped 70 times in half an hour by her teacher because she failed to answer correctly ten plus one. In a surveillance camera video the teacher appeared to hit multiple children many times in a 10-minute period, even going so far as to grab one pupil by the arm, then try to throw him to the ground.

September 28, 2012

An 8 years old boy in Xingtai, Hebei Province was punished and slapped by his maths teacher in two nights in a row because he didn’t hand in the homework. The boy was diagnosed with otopiesis and hearing loss. In the next few days he constantly woke up from nightmare shouting “don’t beat me”.

July 2, 2012

Xu Lihuan, a 30-year-old teacher in Qianhui Children’s Rehabilitation Services Centre in Panyu, Guangzhou, threw a 4-year-old autistic girl to the floor. The girl, Qiu Yaoyao, allegedly fell into a coma following Xu’s attack. Yaoyao and Xu were doing some exercises together when the child refused to stand properly on a chair. Xu grabbed her arms and threw her to the ground, before proceeding to kick her, turned her upside down and banged her head into the floor.

June 25, 2012

In a kindergarten in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, children who didn’t “behave” in the lunch break were told to slap themselves and each other. The teacher explained that the children were “out of control”.