VietNamNet Bridge – The two ways of educating children with corporal
punishment in Hai Phong City and Soc Trang province have made people indignant.
Corporal punishments will help?
A thin boy at the age of 10, naked in the cold, was seen being tied to an
electricity poll on the way crossing the Xuan Uc hamlet of Thuan Thien commune
in Hai Phong City.
Though the boy was crying bitterly in the temperature of 15oC, he did not get
any help. The people, who bypassed the way, only glanced at him for a while and
then continued their way.
The boy was only released when the officers of the traffic inspectors’ team No.
3 found him. At that time, a man running from a house nearby appeared and untied
The traffic inspectors advised the man not to apply corporal punishments when
educating children, asking the man to allow the boy enter the home and put on
The man, who introduced himself as the father of the boy, said he stripped the
boy naked to deter him. “I tried to frighten him and make him feel ashamed, so
that he does not continue spending time on playing games,” he explained.
Pham Minh Chau, the Head of the inspectors’ team said he found the boy in black
and blue, and he could not understand why a father could torture his son in such
The Chief of the Thuan Thien commune’s Police Station Nguyen Van Sinh said the
father is Vu Van Hieu, 54, while the boy was his youngest son Vu Van D, 13, a
7th grader of the Thuan Thien Secondary School.
Students drop out because they’re afraid of teacher
A lot of students of 9A2 class of Trung Binh Secondary School in Soc Trang
province decided not to come back to school after Tet, because they feared they
would be beaten by teacher Ho Thi Huynh Nhu.
Some others dropped out before Tet already, for the same reason. 32 out of the
33 students of the class were hit by the teacher. The luckiest students got two
lashes, while some received more than 100 lashes. The rod the teacher used to
“educate” the students was a wooden bar, about 0.5 meters in length.
The teacher set up the rule that all students who make mistakes must be
punished. She also decides how many lashes students need to receive. The
students who are late to school, stand off the line, don’t fulfill homework will
receive 2-10 lashes for every mistake.
However, the teacher decides that students only bear the punishment at the end
of every week. The punishment would be executed by the teacher, and she would
ask another do this for her, if she wants.
T, a student, for example, once received 70 lashes at the same time, including
68 lashes from the teacher and the other two from the monitor. After that, T
decided not to go to school any more.
The school’s headmaster Quach Thanh Huy said Nhu has admitted her wrong behavior
and promised not to repeat the same mistake. However, her behavior has raised
high wave of indignation from parents, who want to punish her more heavily.
A parent said she does not send her child to school to receive such heavy
corporal punishments from the teacher.