Beijing — A 10-year-old boy in China jumped 30 floors to his death after he failed to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher, state media reported Thursday.
The fifth-grader had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class, according to a China National Radio (CNR) report.
The teacher allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, the report quoted relatives and a neighbor as saying.
CNR said the words “Teacher, I can’t do it,” was found written in one of his textbooks. “I flinched several times when I tried to jump from the building.”
The boy smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live, according to the West China City News.
His angry relatives posted a banner outside the school in the southwestern city of Chengdu reading: “The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building,” pictures showed Thursday.
“The police investigation is still under way,” said an official of Jinjiang district, where the incident happened, declining further comment.
The Chinese education system, culture, and tradition demand strict discipline and deference to authority, putting children under pressure to obey instructions.
The school said Thursday on its Sina Weibo account, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that the child and some of his classmates had been ordered to write reviews of their behavior after they disturbed a speaking competition, said reports.
He died “by accident,” it said. Image/tfchina.org