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IN Lifestyle ON 02 Nov, 2015
Schools in China are still facing the problem of bullying. There are several factors associated with bullying -- including peer pressure, broken families, feelings of insecurity and increased time spent online.
Dozens of high-profile bullying cases have been reported by Chinese media this year. A 15-year-old boy was bullied at school until he ended up in a hospital with a ruptured spleen.
Huang was beaten up by three bullies at his school in southeastern China's Fujian Province, who had routinely abused him in the past few years. He lay curled up on the floor when the beating was over. He was too scared to tell his parents and kept silent.
The next day, he was in such severe pain that he was taken to hospital in the middle of an exam and doctors performed surgery. It was only then his classmates told his mother Liu Lizhu, a migrant worker who was working in another city, that he'd been bullied.
The bullies were later taken into custody for causing serious injury, but were released soon after their parents agreed to pay Huang's family with 210,000 yuan ($33,000) in compensation, according to Liu.
Just after the start of the new school year, a video went viral showing four girls between the ages of 12 and 14 cruelly hitting another girl, including the lower parts of her body, for over three minutes in Yongxin County, Jiangxi Province.
The problem with China's education system is putting too much pressure on young children. At least 30 serious bullying cases have been reported by Chinese media in the past nine months. Schools responded to most of these incidents by penalizing culprits with a mark on their school record. In the most extreme cases, the bullied students were beaten to death.
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