Kindergarten teacher’s child abuse photo album sparks public fury

October 26, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments, , , , , , ,

A young female kindergarten teacher pulls a little boy off the floor by his years. She keeps smiling, while the boy are crying out loud, his ears twisted out of shape. This was the most circulated image on Chinese social media yesterday.

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The very first person that shed light on the child abuse was a net user under the alias “Jiangjiang090080,” who uploaded the aforementioned photo onto Sina Weibo, the Chinese Twitter, on the morning of October 24. This is obviously a new user. All of the handful of posts published under this account were about child abuse committed by the same kindergarten teacher. The user wrote under one photo, “Hope any news organization with a good conscience can go investigate it.”

Within hours, the ear-pulling photo was all over the place on Sina Weibo. Net users were so outraged by the scene that they spread the image around, vowing to ferret out the identity of the monster and bring her to justice.

What ensued was a new round of ‘Human Flesh Search’, a spontaneous effort made by Chinese Internet vigilantes to punish the morally wrong by exposing their identities and subjecting them to public shaming, using crowdsourced human intelligence.

Soon, the collective wisdom of online crowds has led to important findings: Her name is Yan Yanhong. She was born in 1992 and is now teaching at a private kindergarten in the city of Wenling in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Netizens even made public her state ID number, her cell phone number, her QQ (a popular instant messaging tool in China) account, her home address and her educational background.

In her blog hosted by QQ, hundreds more troubling torture images can be found, in which she seals off a boy’s mouth with scotch tape, throws a boy into a trash bin, takes off a boy’s pants and exposes his genitals, makes a boy and a girl kiss one another… Under some of the photos, she writes, “Deserves it.” A few net users left comments and advised her to delete these photos, to which she replied, “Not a big deal.”

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“I throw him in,” she wrote as the caption.

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“Try to be disobedient!”

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The boy is made to keep a kowtow position: kneeling and touching his forehead to the floor. “Try to be disobedient!”

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“Aunt (referring to herself) makes them so.”

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Empty bottles of Tsingtao Beer at the corner of the classroom. Was she even sober?

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Yan Yanhong was fired by the kindergarten and arrested by the local police on charges of “making a public disturbance”on the same day. The cruelties she has inflicted on her students seem to come to an end, but the lessons on preventing child abuses that have percolated Chinese schools have just begun.

By some estimates, about 40 percent of Chinese children are victims of various forms of maltreatment. 4.4 percent of them are severely abused. More than half of boys and nearly one third of girls suffer from physical punishment. One third of Chinese children have been publicly humiliated. About 2 percent have been sexually abused.

An unscientific poll conducted by Sina Weibo right after the infamy of the villainous kindergarten teacher showed that of the 4,835 netizens that responded to the poll, 72.3 percent said they were “beaten by their teachers” at school.

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Sina Weibo poll

Most children are not even aware that they have been abused. Parents, who are occupied with their own jobs and businesses, do not often communicate with their kids and are therefore uninformed about what happens at school. There is no governmental child-protection services or social groups that step in to stop child abuses.

Moreover, there are two widespread notions in China that have impeded efforts to fight child abuse: one, “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” that children can be and must be physically punished if they are expected to behave. Two, don’t meddle with what’s under another’s roof; mind your own business, even if you see bruises on the body of a boy at your son’s class.

And the fact that Yan Yanhong was charged with “making a public disturbance” instead of violation of any child-protection law is a wake-up call for China. The local police say that they have come up with such an accusation because they are left with no other choice. There is no such crime as “child abuse” in China. The crime of “abuse” is defined to be concerning members of the same family. “Intentional injury” is applicable only when some degree of physical injury has been inflicted, which in Yan’s cases has not.

What probably frightens Chinese netizens most is the twisted mentality of teachers and caregivers like Yan who seek pleasure in torturing the weak and the vulnerable even though they themselves used to be a victim. “I simply thought this was fun,” Yan talked to a reporter after she was found out. If the abused, after growing up and getting over the pains they received as a child, become abusers and pass down the tradition, thinking that it is a rite of passage and a chance to take it out, it will probably take at least a generation to clean it up.

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3 comments to “Kindergarten teacher’s child abuse photo album sparks public fury”

  1. ~Whitewolf | October 27, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Yep… My dad brought one of these school marms home as my stepmonster when I was 4.
    The stuff shown here is typical. I went thru this type of humiliation from the minute I got home till dark or somebody showed up.
    Anytime I was left alone with her.
    Her abuse got more public and more blatant as I got older.
    My father got sick of the chronic hassles- so he just quit coming home.

    What this (lady) is doing HERE is actually a walk in the park, compared to what happens when they decide to get violent, which sadly is often….
    It’s how they get their endorphin needs met.

    And I can tell you rules do not seem to frighten them AT ALL. ( THEY are the ONLY AUTHORITY – not even GOD is above them. Or the police. )
    They will have a good lie on hand should anyone question them- but for the most part they are hiding behind their position- let’s see- my stepmother’s thing “she’s a child expert and everyone else is a moron”. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE KID….

    Heaven HELP YOU if you try to defend yourself or to stop them in ANYWAY.
    They will call the police and have you arrested so fast your head will spin.
    My dad found out about that the hard way- yes they abuse HUSBANDS TOO!

    And what’s really interesting is that little smirk they have the whole time they think they are being “cute” and they feel “entitled” to behave this way. I remember that.

    One way of making sure the abusive teachers don’t get too comfortable with abusing your kids, is you have to shift the teachers around grades every 2 years of so, because this bully wouldn’t be doing this to 6th graders!
    I’m not sure if the school district can be held responsible, I feel it is too late to do anything about my own situation. But I can tell you this woman destroyed my life and got away with it scott free.
    These aren’t pieces you can just tape back together.

    I’m glad she got fired, but in her own life, someone is being broken, humiliated, and dehumanized as I’m typing.
    If she has children there is a 50% chance they will wind up a psychopath just like her.
    People like her need to be punished, as cruelly as they have done to others.
    This needs to stop.
    And in the end, when you talk to these people years later, they haven’t changed, and there is NOTHING spectacular about them.
    They are sad hateful toxic people.

    Chances are she will move on to another group, helpless, trusting, defenseless, that would be sick, elderly, or animals. Whatever they can torture and get away with it.
    As they age they look to exploit for money.
    I’ll never see a dime of what my father left to me.
    (I recently found out he died years ago. I know he left plenty for me, she never mentions it. and I can’t afford a lawyer.)

    I didn’t deserve what I lived thru, but it’s hard living knowing she will never have to suffer the consequences of her actions.

    She has since moved on to “THE ELDERLY” yet another group of people to torment harass and exploit.
    That scares the living daylights out of me.

    I also apologize for her abuse to any of her students. It was made clear to me very early on, my job was to protect her by not telling on her, and to let her do whatever she wants to.

    I can’t even count how many people came to me throughout my life falling all over themselves apologizing for her UNFORGIVABLE HEINOUS BEHAVIOR, yet nobody did anything.
    I guess none of us knew what to do.

    Sadly I still don’t.

    • Blacksoth | October 29, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Clearly adults have trouble dealing with this, kids have nowhere to go if adults fail them.

      I volunteer in helping adults who’ve suffered abuse but in my society protecting children is a given. I’m disturbed that there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way to protect kids in China.

      I’m sorry to hear about your experiences. But now that you’re an adult (and you know the pain it can cause) seems you’re in a perfect position to help other people in this kind of situation.

      First step is to expose it and make it clear to everyone involved it’s not ok. Victim’s never “deserve” humiliation and pain, there are other ways to correct behaviour. Absolutely stick your nose in other people’s business. No one has business in hurting children. Harass the abusers if you have no legal recourse. Hound them and let them know you won’t stop until they do if that’s what it takes.

      This is an issue that will be difficult to overcome but it can be overcome if people care enough to do something about it. Entire generations can be lost to this disease so someone has to take a stand.

      Maybe it’s you?

  2. ~Whitewolf | October 27, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/10/kindergarten-teachers-child-abuse-photo-album-sparks-public-fury/#comment-288463

    Yep… My dad brought one of these school marms home as my stepmonster when I was 4.
    The stuff shown here is typical. I went thru this type of humiliation from the minute I got home till dark or somebody showed up.
    Anytime I was left alone with her.
    Her abuse got more public and more blatant as I got older.
    My father got sick of the chronic hassles- so he just quit coming home.

    What this (lady) is doing HERE is actually a walk in the park, compared to what happens when they decide to get violent, which sadly is often….
    It’s how they get their endorphin needs met.

    And I can tell you rules do not seem to frighten them AT ALL. ( THEY are the ONLY AUTHORITY – not even GOD is above them. Or the police. )
    They will have a good lie on hand should anyone question them- but for the most part they are hiding behind their position- let’s see- my stepmother’s thing “she’s a child expert and everyone else is a moron”. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE KID….

    Heaven HELP YOU if you try to defend yourself or to stop them in ANYWAY.
    They will call the police and have you arrested so fast your head will spin.
    My dad found out about that the hard way- yes they abuse HUSBANDS TOO!

    And what’s really interesting is that little smirk they have the whole time they think they are being “cute” and they feel “entitled” to behave this way. I remember that.

    One way of making sure the abusive teachers don’t get too comfortable with abusing your kids, is you have to shift the teachers around grades every 2 years of so, because this bully wouldn’t be doing this to 6th graders!
    I’m not sure if the school district can be held responsible, I feel it is too late to do anything about my own situation. But I can tell you this woman destroyed my life and got away with it scott free.
    These aren’t pieces you can just tape back together.

    I’m glad she got fired, but in her own life, someone is being broken, humiliated, and dehumanized as I’m typing.
    If she has children there is a 50% chance they will wind up a psychopath just like her.
    People like her need to be punished, as cruelly as they have done to others.
    This needs to stop.
    And in the end, when you talk to these people years later, they haven’t changed, and there is NOTHING spectacular about them.
    They are sad hateful toxic people.

    Chances are she will move on to another group, helpless, trusting, defenseless, that would be sick, elderly, or animals. Whatever they can torture and get away with it.
    As they age they look to exploit for money.
    I’ll never see a dime of what my father left to me.
    (I recently found out he died years ago. I know he left plenty for me, she never mentions it. and I can’t afford a lawyer.)

    I didn’t deserve what I lived thru, but it’s hard living knowing she will never have to suffer the consequences of her actions.

    She has since moved on to “THE ELDERLY” yet another group of people to torment harass and exploit.
    That scares the living daylights out of me.

    I also apologize for her abuse to any of her students. It was made clear to me very early on, my job was to protect her by not telling on her, and to let her do whatever she wants to.

    I can’t even count how many people came to me throughout my life falling all over themselves apologizing for her UNFORGIVABLE HEINOUS BEHAVIOR, yet nobody did anything.
    I guess none of us knew what to do.

    Sadly I still don’t.

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