The girl’s claims that the snacks did not belong to her and that she had suffered a foot injury were ignored and she was still forced to do the squats at the school in south-western China’s Sichuan Province
A teenager has been left permanently disabled and requires crutches to walk after being forced to do 150 squats as punishment for sneaking snacks into her school dormitory.
The 14-year-old girl was caught heading to her dormitory at a high school in south-western China’s Sichuan Province by a teacher.
The mother of the schoolgirl, who has been named as Zhou in local media, said the incident happened around 10pm on June 10.
A teacher reportedly told the student to do 300 squats after finding snacks on the schoolgirl’s bed.
Her claims that the snacks did not belong to her and that she had suffered a foot injury in April 2020 were ignored, and she was still forced to do the squats under the supervision of a teacher, who allegedly did nothing to stop the abuse.
The student was left requiring surgery to her leg and foot, for which she travelled to various hospitals in the cities of Luzhou and Chengdu.
She has been told by doctors that she is permanently disabled and now has to walk on crutches as a result of her injuries.
She has since also been diagnosed with depression after the traumatic incident.
Meanwhile, the supervising teacher at the dormitory was reportedly fired on July 14, while authorities have stated that they are investigating the matter.
According to local reports, the school has offered RMB 109,774 – the equivalent of £12,530 – to the family as compensation.
However, the student’s parents are believed to have so far declined.
Reports of the traumatic punishment come just months after news of a seven-year-old boy who died after being slammed into the mat 27 times by his coach and fellow classmates during a judo class in Taiwan.
The youngster had reportedly signed up to classes just two weeks prior to the horror incident, after convincing his parents to let him try out a new sport.
A disturbing video published soon after showed the boy being thrown onto a mat by an older classmate during the practice session.
In the footage the boy can be heard screaming “my leg”, “my head” and “I don’t want it!” but his coach keeps ordering him to stand up and tells the older boy to go on throwing him.
He appears too weak to get up, but the coach picks him up and throws him several more times.
At one point, the child vomits, but the “training” doesn’t stop.
The small boy eventually passed out and was taken to a hospital where doctors found he had suffered severe brain haemorrhaging.
He died eight weeks after being admitted into hospital, according to local media reports.
The coach has been detained for investigation on suspicion of injury causing death and using a minor to commit a crime.
If found guilty, he could face anything from a minimum of seven years in jail up to life imprisonment.
He has denied any wrongdoing, according to the Taichung District Court.
The district prosecutor initially released him following questioning, accepting his explanation that what had happened to the boy was part of “normal training”.
The child’s family held a news conference after his release, and the court subsequently said there was evidence to suspect the coach might have committed a serious crime.