“Blow Up No. 3 Middle School” Chinese Students Punished

Chinese high school students in Jingzhou Hubei province make a video where they blow up their school.

Chinese high school students in Jingzhou Hubei province make a video where they blow up their school.

From QQ, Sohu, & NetEase:

Hubei high school students who filmed “Blow Up No. 3 Middle School” parody video punished

Recently, a video titled “Blow Up No. 3 Middle School” appeared on Tudou [a popular Chinese video sharing website], and was greatly circulated within days, with over 20,000 hits. In the video, several high school students wearing camouflage, simulating a special forces operations, and with the “sacrifice” of one person’s life, successfully “blew up No. 3 Middle School”.

This video was filmed at Shashi Middle School in Jingzhou City, with the director “Xiao Ban” (online nickname) being a student of the school. Afterward, the school gave “Xiao Ban” a demerit punishment and the other participating students were given criticism punishments. When this was made public, it cause a great uproar on the internet.

A copy on YouTube:

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The video dialogue is all in English with Chinese subtitles. There are dozens of copies of this video on China’s video sharing websites. On Tudou, the most viewed copy has ~650k views, while the most viewed copy on Youku has over 900k views, both having been uploaded approximately 6 days ago. Many other copies have tens to hundreds of thousands of views each (at time of translation).

Several Chinese high school students in camouflage riding a motorcycle truck to conduct their operation of blowing up their school.

A defender of the school.

School defenders shoot back.

Chinese high school students shooting guns in "Blow Up No. 3 Middle School".

Chinese high school students in Jingzhou Hubei province make a video where they blow up their school.

Chinese high school students in Jingzhou Hubei province make a video where they blow up their school.

A school defender is shot.

Chinese high school students in Jingzhou Hubei province make a video where they blow up their school.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 夜色:

[Their mistake was] in not choosing a positive theme [for their video] only, but for teenagers, their production was very good! Jia you! Even domestic films don’t have this kind of blockbuster air/style! But of course, I recommend that you guys next time make some films that show more positive images!

腾讯北京市网友 黎明:

Sufficiently demonstrates the failure of education today.
Reflects the loathing students have for school.

腾讯网友 ═╪^霦尐:

Such creative students. Were this overseas, their school principals would be rushing to praise them!!.. Disgusting Chinese education! Only knowing how to confine students’ thinking!!

佛山市 黄高东:

If we see students pretending to conduct a terrorist attack as a kind of creativity/innovation, then I am truly speechless. Actually, what many people are appreciating is nothing more than these students’ technical skill, but speaking of its themes and content, how can we even bring up creativity/originality? Let me ask, if our students all took pride in spoofing their schools, took pleasure in doing so, what would our society’s moral standards be like in the future? When we appreciate/admire a person, should we admire their skill or should we attach more importance to their morality? Ladies and gentlemen, please carefully think it over.

腾讯临沂市网友 Type:

Fuck, if we go according to what you say, then America has so many heartless directors, how TM immoral they all are, deriving pleasure from killing people.

腾讯宿州市网友 宁桔:

These students are very talented. I’m sure often talented people are ranked near the bottom academically, but I think this school’s best students probably wouldn’t have this kind of creativity.

腾讯金华市网友 小明:

I like it. This could be the new Feng Xiaogang or Zhang Yimou. The way the school responded to this is disagreeable. The students are of 2011, the teachers of 1911.

腾讯无锡市网友 情有独钟:

Playing is also a kind of skill/talent.

腾讯鞍山市网友 阿阳发艺/aiq:

This kind of publicity can be beneficial for the school, but by deciding to punish, the school has lost this publicity opportunity. That the school can produce this kind of student is truly a rare and commendable thing. [That these students] have this kind of creativity, this kind of skill, this kind of English ability, the school should feel proud and gratified! What if he becomes a big director for China in the future? You wouldn’t even be worthy of taking off his shoes then!!! Hope you guys can give the children a chance, fostering them instead of blaming them!!!!

河南省 草原上的鹰:

I think the school principal should watch and then laugh it off, hold a meeting and praise [the students], but also ask/emphasize: If No. 3 Middle School is blown up, where will we all go then? Right? Don’t take it so seriously. These children are so cute/adorable!

腾讯北京市网友 明:

Blowing up the White House, kidnapping the president, using nuclear bombs or poisonous gas bombs to take revenge against society, Hollywood sure has a lot of traitors to their country.

腾讯网友 白痴超人:

Very creative. Also very brave and exciting. The school’s reaction is also very S13. This kind of thing the school should just laugh and let it pass. Being so harsh will only make the school look narrow-minded and lacking in innovative thinking. This kind kind of school I wouldn’t want my kids going to.

腾讯洛阳市网友 三菟部落:

Very good, very creative. China is always like this, right as you’re about to take flight, there are already innumerable hunters with their guns aimed ahead of you [to shoot you down]. Whatever they don’t want to succeed, whatever ideal they don’t want to realize, no one else can think about realizing either.

What do you think? About the students’ video? About the school’s response?

Setting a bomb.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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