An online debate has erupted on Chinese social media surrounding a primary school teacher in southern China who was initially fired for using physical punishment on more than 10 students but later received support from dozens of parents who advocated for her to stay on.
The incident took place at a primary school in Dongguan, Guangdong province, where a teacher from the second grade disciplined a group of students who had made inappropriate finger gestures during class. According to Guangdong TV, the teacher made the students perform a martial arts squatting stance for an extended period while she struck them with a stick.
The teacher's identity was not disclosed in the report, and it remains unclear if any students were injured as a result of the punishment. However, the unnamed primary school teacher has since apologized to the disciplined students, acknowledging her mistake. When the school decided to terminate her employment, 44 out of the 47 parents of students in her class appealed to the school authorities, expressing their satisfaction with the teacher's overall performance and urging them to retain her.
One parent, whose name was not mentioned, stated that she did not hold the teacher solely responsible for her actions and believed that the teacher had acted impulsively. She expressed her willingness to give the teacher another chance to rectify her mistakes. Another parent, a father, also voiced support for the teacher, citing his own strict parenting style and trust in her capabilities.
Although the report did not provide insights from the students or mention any injuries they may have suffered, the majority of parents were firmly against the teacher's dismissal and advocated for her reinstatement. In her public apology, the teacher expressed regret for her behavior and emphasized her inappropriate use of corporal punishment.