BY SILVI WRITER
A Beijing preschool teacher accused of using needles to “discipline” her students was sentenced to 18 months in prison for child abuse on Friday.
Liu Ya’nan, a former teacher at the RYB Education New World kindergarten in Beijing, was also given a five-year ban from working a similar job, according to China News Service.
Liu, 23, was arrested in December 2017 after prosecutors pressed charges against her for pricking toddlers who would not take a nap with needles to “discipline” them.
Parents alerted police on the night of Nov 22 after learning their children — all age around 3 — had needle marks on their bodies. The children had also been given unidentified white pills, they said.
The child abuse scandal sparked public outrage and prompted the government to launch an inspection of nursery schools nationwide.
But a few similar child abuse cases still happened across China afterwards, shocking the country and pushed education authorities to pay attention to preschool education.
Last month, eight former employees of a day care centre of China’s online travel agency Ctrip.com in Shanghai have been sentenced to prison for child abuse that included rubbing wasabi into children’s mouths.
The workers each received sentences ranging from a year to 18 months, with reprieve periods. Three of the convicted are not allowed to work in care-taking roles in the five years following their jail terms.
In April this year, a teacher at a kindergarten in Jinan, Shandong province, was detained after being suspected of abusing a 4-year-old boy who suffered severe skin burns from boiled water, according to local police.
The 28-year-old teacher dragged the boy into a boiler room on March 23 and reprimanded him, according to a statement by local police.
The RYB Education New World kindergarten is part of RYB Education, a publicly listed company listed in New York.
It shares plunged 38.4 percent on Nov 24, 2017 as the scandal sparked outrage among parents and the public.