A Chinese teacher reportedly forced two schoolgirls to drink a bottle of liquor between them as punishment for neglecting their studies.
The middle school girls were sent to hospital in northwestern Shaanxi province suffering from vomiting and dizziness after they drank the baijiu - a powerful grain-based alcohol which means "white liquor" in Chinese.
"The teacher found a hair curler and a letter among their belongings, so he decided to punish them for not concentrating on their studies," the Beijing News said.
"At the teacher's insistence, the two girls had to finish one bottle of baijiu against their will."
A schoolboy who spoke out against the punishment was beaten by the same teacher, it said.
The report did not say whether the teacher would face punishment, stuff.co.nz reports.
In September, another act of brutality happened in one of the Chinese schools. A history teacher in central China beat an 11-year-old student senseless and threw her from a fourth-floor classroom window, killing her in a so-far unexplained frenzy.
Witnesses say Li Hengyi, 28, kicked and punched Zhang Yaoyi and then threw her out of a window at the No. 12 Middle School in the southern city of Yongzhou in Hunan province, the Beijing News reported.
It didn't say what triggered the history teacher's attack but said that Li and Zhang had argued in the past and that Li was known to beat his students.
The paper said students watched in terror as Li slammed Zhang's head against a desk and beat her with his hands, feet and a steel bar, then threw her out the window.
"The whole class ran out of the room by the back door," the Beijing News quoted a student witness as saying. "Many girls were crying. Then we saw teacher Li walk out."
An officer who answered the phone at the Yongzhou police station confirmed that Li was detained as a suspect in Zhang's death but had not been charged, the AP reports.
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