Schoolgirls in China viciously bully, beat up classmate

Schoolgirls in China viciously bully, beat up classmate
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Another serious case of bullying in China has come to light after handphone footage of a group of secondary school girls in Jiangxi beating up a female classmate appeared online.

In the five-minute clip, the girls are seen surrounding their classmate, who is dressed in blue denim overalls and kneeling on the ground.

The girls take turns to slap her face, push her to the ground and pull her hair. One of the girls, dressed in black, even kicks her directly in the face at one point.

The bullied girl's repeated pleas for the bullies to stop falls on deaf ears as they continued to taunt and beat her.

According to Chinese news portal NetEase, the victim, surnamed Huang, had been the class president at her school. She had developed several disagreements with another girl, surnamed Liu, one of the bullies.

The bullies in the video have been identified and reported to a local police station, while Ms Huang was sent to a local hospital to check for injuries, English-language Chinese tabloid site Shanghaiist reported.

The video, which was posted on Chinese video sharing site Tencent, has been viewed over 150 million times.

Earlier this week, another video emerged in which four teenagers brutally assaulted a younger boy, even burning him with lit cigarettes.

The series of bullying cases in China recently has triggered a wave of anger online, with some netizens calling for the stricter laws to punish the perpetrators in such incidents, the Wall Street Journal reported.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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