After a local woman allegedly beat her son with a coat hanger, Chinese police decided not to press charges.
While changing his clothes for a physical education class, a teacher at Xiao Bing’s school in Jiangmen city in China's southern Guangdong province noticed dozens of disturbing marks all over the child’s back, the Daily Mail reports. The 6-year-old said his mother used a wire coat hanger to beat him.
The teacher took photos of Xiao Bing’s injuries using her cellphone to show to local police. Although law enforcement officers spoke with the mother to tell her not to be so harsh with her son, they reportedly did not file any charges.
"Shame on that mother as she should have been arrested and charged with child abuse," wrote Sue Knechtges in a comment on the Shared Facebook page. "The mother should have a wire hanger used on her to see how it feels. Makes me angry when parents get away with child abuse. If you really love your child and or children you should protect them not abuse them."
According to a spokesman for the police department, the marks on the child’s back were not as bad as they looked, the Daily Mail notes.
"The boy's mother and father are unhappy about his performance at school, saying that he is a naughty boy who often fails to do his homework and needed to be taught a lesson," said Hu Lung, police spokesperson. "His mother had hit him after discovering that once again he had not done his homework on time."
"Unfathomable to me that that mother faced NO charges!" Carol Browning Allen wrote on the Shared Facebook page. "Severely beaten for not doing homework? These injuries do not fit the transgression! And the police officer who says the injuries aren't as bad as they look? Beat him with a wire hanger and leave these welts on him then tell him they ‘look’ worse than they really are!"
The child was taken to the hospital, but the marks reduced in size and he was sent home later the same day, police said, according to the Daily Mail.
"If that happened in the US she would definitely NOT ‘get away’ with this," Carlyn Rull Filio commented on the Facebook page. "She would be arrested and sent to prison for the rest of her life!!"
Xiao Bing’s teacher reportedly posted images of his injuries on the Internet to being awareness to the abuse that Chinese children commonly face due to academic pressures, the Daily Mail reports.