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wooh school busOn May 24th, microblog user 路边社湖南分社 posted, “A little after 8 AM, a car with Guangdong province “S” series plates parked in front of the gate of the Yongzhou [Hunan] Qiyang County Little Swallow Kindergarten. A parent asked the driver to move the car so that school busses could get through, but the driver ignored the parent for a long time. Then, the driver opened the door and slapped the parent in the face. The driver then yelled, “I’m a Representative in the Municipal People’s Congress. I’ll hit you if I want to hit you!”

The police officer who handled the situation told reporters, “The slapper is indeed a Representative of the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress.”

 

An SUV driver blocks a school bus then slaps a parent

On the afternoon of the 24th, reporters contacted the Mr. Zhou, the man who, according to the original Weibo post, was slapped. Mr. Zhou said that around 8 AM, he was taking his six year old child to kindergarten, when he saw an SUV with a Guangdong province “S” series license plates parked directly blocking the path for school busses. The kindergarten guard asked the SUV owner to move the car, but the owner didn’t move.

Mr. Zhou said he also tried to help persuade the SUV owner, but that he still refused to move. It was at that time that Mr. Zhou saw a sign on the SUV reading “Special Vehicle for the Fourth Municipal People’s Congress #3 Meeting”. Mr. Zhou told the driver that if he didn’t move the car, he’d take a picture and expose him on the internet. At that moment, a middle aged man got out of the driver’s seat and gave him a slap, frightening the child at his side to tears. Then, a middle aged woman in the front passenger’s seat said, “He hit you. What are you going to do about it?”

 

The police say the slapper is in fact a Municipal People’s Congress Representative

Mr. Zhou immediately called the police, who came out from the Taozhu Road Station and took away the slapper. After the incident ended, he learned that the man is a Qiyang resident, a business owner named Mr. Wang, who is currently a Representative for the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress.

Later, the Taozhu Road Police Station contacted Mr. Zhou to prepare for negotiations between the two sides, but Mr. Zhou did not agree to participate.

Reporters later got in touch with an individual handling this case at the Taozhu Road Police Station, who confirmed that the slapper is Mr. Wang, the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress Representative, but that further details were currently unavailable.

The Director of the Yongzhou Municipal Committee News & Information Division told reporters that the People’s Congress is taking the matter with full seriousness after seeing the Tengxun microblog post, and has already sent individuals to Qiyang to investigate. “We have still not determined whether or not the Representative said what was reported in the microblog post. However, the News & Information Division is promptly contacting the Yongzhou Municipal People’s Congress, and after investigating, will make an announcement to the public,” said the Director.

 

Original publication date: 5/25/13

Source: http://kids.163.com/13/0525/09/8VN82U9J00294KTV.html

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sad-studentLast year, the news that a female student from China at MIT had unexpectedly died in her dorm sent shockwaves through the entire country and the world, and attracted much attention from both students and parents. The story also once again brought safety in study abroad to our attention. Looking over recent news reports, it’s not hard to find a number of stories about study abroad students being attacked, or being arrested without proper understanding of their legal rights. Clearly, young people are currently lacking social and life experience, and have no awareness whatsoever of risk or defensive capabilities. Especially for students studying far away from their families and hometowns, their psychological fortitude is often weak, and when they experience pressure or failures, they don’t know how to mitigate these issues. This has led to the assaults, disappearances, suicides, legal issues, and other negative events currently in the news, and has caused serious harm and losses to students going abroad and their families.

 

Psychological Safety: The Right Prescription is a Holistic Approach

The number of psychological safety issues among study abroad students is currently on the rise. As more people are taking the issue seriously, we should help these students prepare psychologically for various challenges before going abroad. When studying abroad independently, it’s hard to avoid little bumps in the road and setbacks. Schools in other countries all have psychological counseling services which students can utilize regularly to stay happy and keep a good perspective on life abroad. The most common psychological issues among study abroad students these days are as follows:

 

1. Great schools cause loss of self-confidence

Such students all have very high expectations of themselves, just like the poor girl at MIT. Study abroad can cause a student’s abilities to falter. Because study abroad brings together the best students from around the world, especially ones from the top of their classes in excellent schools, these environments can cause former top students to lose their previous advantage. In some cases inability to adjust to a new environment can even cause these students to rank at the bottom of their class. The sense of failure can cause great psychological pressure, and even result in feelings of passiveness, rejection, and other negative emotions. This type of student most needs to be able to directly attack and face the failures before he or she can solve the problem and adjust methods of study. This in turn can help quickly get the student into study mode.

 

2. Leaving the parental nest, thoroughly liberated and “free”

Some students feel a complete sense of liberation and freedom as soon as they go abroad since they have for so long been subject to the intense pressure of China’s test-based system. Plus, some people spread rumors there’s no pressure when studying at foreign schools, and that the math, physics, and chemistry learned by Chinese students is good enough to get by without studying once abroad. This results in some students not taking their studies seriously at all once abroad, and instead traveling all around or focusing on finding a boyfriend or girlfriend. In fact, these rumors are totally baseless. Foreign schools might not be “high pressure” and teachers won’t be on the backs of students all the time, but it’s a different way of learning. Foreign schools are “easy to get into, hard to get through,” and all have a certain flunk/drop-out rate. This means that those totally “independent” students have no way of getting their degree in the end, instead receiving a few academic credits and then quickly heading back to China. Study abroad advisors recommend that to prevent issues like this, students had best get in the habit of coming up with a plan for their course of study by practically planning different courses and content each semester. They can take control of the direction of their study, and such planning also helps develop proactive independent oversight and the taking of initiative. Advisors also feel students should take their own plans seriously. If they make unclear plans and change them constantly, the significance of their plan will be lost.

 

3. New environment, hard to communicate and make friends

Since those studying abroad alone are entering a new environment full of strangers, it’s easy for them to become isolated and live in a very small world. It’s easy for them to fail to integrate or even feel conflicts with local ways of life, and try to rely on only themselves to resolve every problem. This is another common problem for study abroad students. Learning to communicate is a real difficulty for them, and they must be brave to open their mouths, feel good about communicating with others, and understand how to get to know people. Study abroad advisors suggest students should actively join student social groups, which is the best way to get into student life while abroad. Not only can friends be made in these groups, but it’s also a good way to get to know about the local culture and customs and take part in activities, and make more of one’s study abroad experience. Study abroad students don’t need to worry at all about cultural differences, shield themselves psychologically, or feel burdened. Just like getting a good grade, collecting contacts while abroad is very important. Getting out of your own comfort zone and learning how to connect with others is also an opportunity to let others get to know you.

No matter what, study abroad is the beginning of independence. Provided that a student going abroad is aware of the details of the laws and regulations of the destination country, making a “study abroad safety guide” for him or herself, and understands suitable psychological stress relief methods, study abroad is not at all a high-risk undertaking.

 

Source: http://edu.163.com/13/0125/16/8M32KJAN00294IIH.html

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Four Shandong Girls Beat Their Roommate & Snap Photos for Four Hours

January 7, 2013

The girls beat their classmate but are still attending school while police investigations are underway. “A sixteen-year-old girl at the Shandong Art and Design College was beaten so horribly for four hours on December 23rd. Where is justice?” In recent days, “Li Rongkai”, verified through real name registration as the president of the Honorable Rong […]

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