October 16th a netizen with the user name “霍元甲” uploaded a 4 minute long video onto Ku6 and Sina blog. The content of the video was a group of boys and girls led by a girl wearing a white shirt beating up on one girl in a red shirt. People in the video all spoke Fuzhou dialect.
Five people in front of many bystanders were nonstop kicking and punching the girl in red shirt. The girl getting beat up by the group never fought back. Finally she could only cover her head with her hands. A schoolboy, holding a cell phone captured the whole process.
Less than a week, the video on Ku6 had over 10,000 views and over 100 comments with majority of them denouncing this behavior. Afterwards, netizen “naoki” forwarded this video onto Fuzhou Information Website (BBS.FZBM.COM) and called for “human flesh search” on those kids.
Some netizens reveal the last names of both girl let the beating (Lin林) and the girl took the beating (Zhao赵), and they were Minhou middle school students.
Who unloaded the video? What was his relation with the people at the scene?
In Baidu BBS followed by the video, a netizen with the same ID “霍元甲” said he was the person who uploaded the video. He did not know any of the people in the video, the video was found form someone else’s cell phone. He hoped netizens can “flesh out” the people in the video and punished them accordingly.
Many netizens discussed the fact the girl in red did not fight back and extending the discussion to what one should do when ganged up by a group. They gave advices of running away, calling the police and asking people on the street for help. In the end focus shifted to how to use violence to defend against violence. They also gave many dirty tricks.
The content of the discussion also began to change color. Other than sympathy and anger, there were also people making fun.
When the girl was being beaten up, she almost had no expressions. Her hair was always being pulled. Netizen made fun and said “hit her head, but don’t mess up the hair style!” Someone also said the girl was calm throughout the beating, they “like this kind of girl who forbears”.
Originally a shocking video in the end was made fun of by some netizens. “What happened to these kids?”
In the video:
Girl in red’s hair was pulled back, others were kicking her. Some bystanders were shouting “don’t hit her, don’t hit her…”
Girl in red was pushed on the ground. Leader of the group grabbed her away. “Bring her over there.”
“Beat her. Beat her.” One boy was yelling, all other girls went up and slapped her face.
“Girl, look over here, tomorrow you will be on TV.” The boy shooting the video laughed and said.
Pulling red shirt girl’s hair, the girl in white slapped the girl in red with her right hand over and over on her right cheek.
“Be a snob! Be a snob! You know how to be a snob! …” The girl in white slapped her some more.
“Stop hitting!” an old lady shouted.
White shirt girl kicked the girl in red on the head, she fell over.
“Go together, go together.” The girls said, 4 of them all kicked the girl in red who was lying on the ground.
“If you hit me again, I will call my father!” the girl in red said.
“Did you call?” “No!” a slap on her face.
“Did you call?” “No!” another slap on her face.
A boy in red walked over, slapped her twice in the face…
DNKB continued its coverage: Young girl was beaten because of her glares
Reporter found the place where video was shot and the girl Zhao Xiaorong (赵小蓉 not her real name) who was beaten up. She recalled the incident happened in May last year. After the beating she would have headaches during rainy days. Since she was threatened by the batterers, she was afraid to go to school. Early June this year, right after she graduated from Jr. High, she went to work in Fuzhou.
As for the reason of beating, “I still don’t know right now.” Zhao Xiaorong said, “They told the teacher, because I stared at them, even teacher didn’t believe.”
Yesterday noon, Zhao Xiaorong got home. Wearing jeans and red sports coat, she was taller than in the video, her hair was tied up.
Xiaorong recalled, last year on May 3 afternoon 2pm, when she was passing by an internet café, she was grabbed by the hair by a boy running out from the internet café. She was not allowed to leave. The girl next to them immediately made a phone call and gathered a group of boys and girls to beat her up. At the time she was 15 years old and in 2nd grade of her Jr. High.
“Among the 5 people who beat me up, 2 of them were from 2nd grade of the same school, other 2 where from 3rd grade of the same school and one was 2nd grade in high school. The boy shooting the video was also 3rd grade from her Jr. High.” Xaiorong said before the beating, she was warned that they were looking to teach her a lesson.
At the time, her cousin was just passing by and wanted to help, but was stopped by these people. Xiaorong told him to call her father, but unexpectedly couple of girls heard her and harshly slapped her face a few times, and shouted loudly “Tell your father to come! Go tell! Are you going to tell?!”
After the group dispersed, they also took away her cell phone which worth thousands of yuan. They threatened her to not to tell her parents, if they ask just say it got run over by a car, or else she would be in more trouble.
Why were you beaten?
“They think I am snobbish, I usually don’t say hello.”
The leader of the gang was the girl in white named Lin Wen (林雯 not her real name) actual was famous for fighting at school, but supposedly she played guzheng very well. According to Xiaorong, after her family found out about this, her father went to school and saw Lin Wen with two other girls, but did not see their parents. When he asked three girls why they beat up his daughter, they asked question back “What are you going to do about it we beat your daughter up?” Lin Wen even tried to kick him. In the end they gave back an old cell phone, and this thing was over.
Reporter learned, after the beating incident, Lin Wen was expelled from the school, currently she came back to school again.
Because she was beaten up, and also recorded on video, there were many gossips in school and on the internet. Under pressure, this once a good student began to skip classes and proposed to leave school with various reasons.
Her family began to misunderstand her, thought she started to become a bad kid. But she was afraid to tell her family the truth, afraid of her father’s blame and feared to bother her grandma who had heart disease and high blood pressure.
The beautiful campus, to her was a place she wanted to escape at any time. The price to pay was abandoning her schooling. She eventually finished Jr. High and became a worker at a fast-food restaurant where she erned 3.5 yuan (50 cents) per hour.
Yesterday Mr. Zhao just found out about the video. At home listening to his daughter telling her story, father took out his cigarettes started to smoke. He only took couple buffs and threw it on the ground, stepped on top of it with his foot. Then he lit another one, soon the floor was full of cigarette butts. In the end, the father turned his head around with his red teary eyes.
Four o’clock in the afternoon, Mr. Zhao called reporter, “I am afraid my daughter is taking things too hard.”
“I don’t understand how to control the kids now days, and don’t know what they are thinking about.” Mr. Zhao said, he really didn’t understand, he hoped the reporter could talk to his daughter more.
“Today for the first time heard my daughter say these things, I really felt incompetent as a father, only knew how to lecture, but had too little communication with my daughter.” Zhao said. He also hoped that other parents can learn from his lesson.
He said that they wanted the reporter to report this matter and hoped the education department can pay more attention to this, so that students in school will not be bullied again.