Teen Beaten to Death at Camp for Internet Addicts

Staff killed 16-year-old for running too slowly
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 4:05 PM CDT
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese children browse the Internet at a primary school in Zaozhuang, China, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Sun Zhongzhe)
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(Newser) – A Chinese teen was beaten to death by staff at a boot camp in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Global Times reports. The parents of Deng Senshan, 16, paid $1,024 to send him to the Guangxi Qihang Survival Training Camp to cure his Internet addiction. Deng was put in solitary confinement within hours of arriving at the camp, and later beaten to death during a discipline session for running too slowly.

Realizing Deng was seriously injured, the camp staff sent him to a hospital 3 hours after the beating, where he died 10 minutes after arriving. Police have detained the three camp counselors involved, but Deng’s parents say they want the camp shut down. “We’re planning to sit before the local government for a protest tomorrow. If they don’t give us justice, we will go to the camp to confront them,” Deng Fei said.

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