The students were made to swallow paper, plastic wrappings and fruit shells in the primary school, according to worried parents.
What do you do when you forget to take out the trash? Take it out the next time you see it, right? And what happens if someone else notices you haven't taken the trash out? Well, you'd probably apologize to them and then take it out?
However, it seems like a boarding school teacher in China had a completely different idea, following which he was rightly detained. The teacher allegedly forced four pupils to eat rubbish because they had failed to empty the bin in their dorm room, according to Daily Mail.
The students were made to swallow paper, plastic wrappings and fruit shells in the primary school in Zhoukou, Henan Province in China.
As a result of these accusations made by a few worried parents, the school's headmaster and deputy headmaster have now been sacked. The incident took place last month at Shuiquan Primary School in Zhoukou's Fugou County, according to China's Kan Kan News citing Henan Television Station.
The whole incident came to light only when an 11-year-old student had to be rushed to the hospital due to severe stomach ache, probably from having consumed way too much inedible items.
The boy said the teacher, known as Jiang, visited his dorm room on September 7 and discovered the bin had not been emptied. "He asked who was responsible to clean [the room] that day, and we were all too scared and nobody dared to answer, " the pupil Ling Ling, told a reporter from his hospital ward.
"Then he said if nobody would speak, each one of us must eat one piece of rubbish in turn until the trash was gone," he added. The teacher then left the dorm, the student said.
Since the students feared they would be punished further and more brutally, they decided to follow through with the orders and actually ate the garbage. Surveillance footage released by Chinese media shows a number of students lining outside their dorm room after the teacher gave the order.
Apart from Ling Ling, his roommates were also found having rubbish in their stomachs after they underwent medical checkups.
One parent reportedly said that his child had suffered from stomach ulcers after eating two pieces of plastic, the size of nails. However, a teacher from the school, known as Luo, defended Jiang and said he had not forced his pupils to eat rubbish.
"He simply made the comment because he was angry," Luo told the reporter. Jiang discovered that several students had, in fact, consumed garbage, and so they were ordered to undertake a medical examination.
One of the four students had to change schools after suffering from physical and mental stress due to the incident, and another had to be transferred to a hospital in the provincial capital to continue treatment, reported Shangyou News.
The local education bureau has also launched an investigation into the school after receiving complaints from parents on September 10. The authority deemed that Jiang had poor conduct and the school had management issues. 'Jiang would have had 100 ways to deal with the matter, but he chose the one that he should have avoided the most,' a spokesperson said.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.