10-Year-Old Boy Jumps To His Death Because His Teacher Told Him To

A 10-year-old boy became an unfortunate victim of a culture that places high pressure on respecting and obeying elders when he blindly followed a teacher's deadly order.

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A 10-Year-Old Chinese Boy Jumps 30 Floors To His Death On Teacher's Order

A guard stands next to a note from the dead child posted by the school gates

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BEIJING: A 10-year-old Chinese boy jumped 30 floors to his death after failing to write a self-criticism letter demanded by his teacher, state media reported on Thursday.

The boy is believed to have leapt to his death off a building where his school bag was found on the roof.

The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live, the West China City News reported.

The School Teacher Ordered Him To Write A 1,000-Word Apology Letter As Punishment For Talking In Class

The fifth-grade pupil at a primary school in the south-western city of Chengdu had been ordered to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher for talking in class, China National Radio (CNR) reported on its website yesterday, citing a neighbour.

Chinese media reported the head teacher as saying the boy was given two options: to write 1000 lines or stand for an hour, as punishment.

The Teacher Told The Boy To Jump Out Of The Building When The Boy Failed To Complete The Self-Criticism Letter

The educator allegedly told him to jump out of a building after he failed to complete the task, the report quoted relatives and the neighbour as saying.

The Boy Wrote In His Notebook: "Teacher, I Can't Do It... I Flinched Several Times When I Tried To Jump Off The Building"

The boy's schoolbook with his anguished note 'Teacher, I can't do it,' scrawled in blue pen.

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Furious, The Victim's Relatives Hung A Banner Outside The School Reading "The Teacher Forced Our Kid To Jump Off The Building"

Guards stand next to a banner with Chinese text which translates as 'Return my son! Explain to all parents and kids' displayed on the gate of a primary school on October 31, 2013, by family members after their child committed suicide in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province.

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The School Said On Its Sina Weibo Account That The Boy Died "By Accident"

The boy's school confirmed on a social media site that the child and some of his classmates had been ordered to write an apology for their behaviour after they interrupted a speaking competition.

The statement added the child died "by accident".

“How can a guy like this be a teacher?” wrote one poster. “Who gave him the right to speak in this way? Why does the student have this kind of blind obedience?”

China's Education Places A High Value On Strict Discipline And Respect To Elders

China's education system and strict discipline go hand in hand.

Tradition in the country demand that pupils defer to authority and the children are put under pressure to obey instructions.

While Chinese education places a high value on deference to authorities, the report of a young student unquestioningly obeying such an outrageous order elicited indignant reactions on Twitter, with users expressing disbelief and calling the incident "appalling."

China's Education Places A High Value On Strict Discipline And Respect To Elders

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Police Are Currently Investigating The Situation

"The police investigation is still under way," an official of Jinjiang district, where the incident happened, told AFP, declining to comment further.

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