Teacher detained following claims of child abuse at Beijing kindergarten

Updated 2017-11-26 09:02:12 Xinhua

A female teacher was detained Saturday on suspicion of child abuse at a Beijing kindergarten, according to local police.

Beijing police said the teacher surnamed Liu, 22, was detained on suspicion of child abuse at the RYB Education New World kindergarten in Chaoyang District.

On Wednesday, Beijing police received reports that pre-school children at the kindergarten had been abused.

Several teachers at the kindergarten were suspended from duty Thursday, pending a police investigation in the child abuse claims.

Police said they had performed forensic tests and obtained surveillance footage for the investigation.

Meanwhile, a 31-year-old woman had been arrested for disrupting social disorder by spreading false information about molestation allegations, according to the police.

An official with the district government said Saturday that the owner of the kindergarten had been asked to remove the principal from duty.

Chaoyang government had also sent officials to the kindergarten and asked the kindergarten to communicate with the parents and make sure that the children there are safe.

Beijing Municipal Education Commission said Saturday they would provide psychological counseling to the children in the kindergarten and pacify the parents.

While the case has sparked outrage online across China, Chaoyang and other districts in Beijing have launched investigations into kindergartens across the city.

The kindergarten has around 20 children in a bilingual class with four teachers, including one foreigner.

Founded in 1998, RYB Education is based in Beijing and listed in New York. It has more than 1,300 day care centers and nearly 500 kindergartens in 300 cities in China.

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