Chinese Teacher Sits on a Pile of Kindergarten Children

Parents stunned by photograph of Chinese kindergarten teacher sitting on a pile of children.

Parents stunned by photograph of Chinese kindergarten teacher sitting on a pile of children.


Changsha Teacher strikes a pose atop pile of kindergarten children

This photograph appeared in the parent/guardians’ QQ contact group for the No.1 kindergarten attached to Changsha Normal University: a female teacher on the very top of three rows of children with mats separating them, striking a dance pose and doing the splits with a smile on her face.

A parent exposed this matter through the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald’s official Weixin account, saying “Teacher, you are really happy, but have you seen from their expressions how they are bearing it? How can we parents endure this? Our hearts all sank [on seeing the picture]!” The kindergarten explained that this was merely a training/exercise activity.


“Hamburger” game has left me stunned

4 year old “little Fei” (pseudonym) is a student at the No.1 kindergarten attached to Changsha Normal University. Little Fei’s mother Wang Hui (pseudonym) said that at noon on the 27th she received a phone call from another parent telling her hurry and look at a photograph which had been uploaded to the parent/guardians’ QQ contact group.

“At the start I didn’t notice anything, but the final photograph left me stunned.” Wang Hui said the photograph was taken by the teacher on the morning of the 27th during PE class. The first few photographs didn’t show anything out of the ordinary, but the final picture unexpectedly showed a female teacher sitting atop the bodies of the children piled into three layers.

Wang Hui said the female teacher in the photograph is this class’s daily teacher, the children underneath her all have their heads lowered with expressions of pain, “The teacher is so heavy, how can those children underneath her stand it.”

“The most unlucky are the children on the bottom layer, and what if an accident really happened?” Wang Hui really cannot comprehend it, she can’t get how a teacher could have that kind of idea. She thinks, according to the standards of public kindergartens, children should be given more love and affection, rather than being looked upon as [objects for] amusement, with scant regard for the children’s safety.

Wang Hui said, most of the children in the middle class are only four or five years old, and that a dangerous activity like makes them very worried.


This is a training exercise/activity, it is within the bounds of safety

On the afternoon of the 27th of November, a reporter from the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald arrived at the No.1 kindergarten attached to Changsha Normal University.

With regards to the concerns of parents and guardians, the person in charge of the kindergarten, surnamed Xue, said that this training exercise/activity called “the hamburger” that the middle class were playing wis “taken from national health education training materials, and is very common in Shanghai as well as other places.”

The person in charge surnamed Xue stated that this activity was made to be interesting for the class and that through this they could warm-up. Exploring the different ways mats could be played with, and using them to stack into “the hamburger” game, together they tried their best to make it more challenging. At the same time the teacher joined in, “primarily to exercise the children’s determination, resilience and spirit of working as a team [team-building]”.

“This activity is done in accordance with the principles of mechanics, and is controlled within the bounds of safety.” Teacher Cao, the one responsible for Physical Education at the kindergarten said the students in the school are very positive and happy, “during the activity, matters of safety are important, for example the children’s head should be sticking out etc.” After he finished speaking, he showed the reporter other photographs from the activity.

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The person in charge surnamed Xue said that this female teacher is a dance teacher. At the time, she was completing the final arrangement in “the hamburger” activity. She expressed that this course was the main topic for this week, and would be taught in the other classes as well.

“Safety measures were taken throughout the whole process of this activity.” Xue said perhaps the parents and guardians do not understand and they will hold a parents meeting to explain everything.


Relatively dangerous, must have safety staff supervision

Mao Mo, a teacher at Xiangtan University Faculty of Materials, Optoelectronics and Physics, says from the point of view of mechanics, the children are not under a large amount of pressure. According to reason, having mats is better than not having them as the mats can spread the pressure, so the pressure being borne by the children is relatively equal. However children’s bodies are fragile and there is a limit to how much they can bear and so he suggests avoiding this kind of risky activity.

“It’s very easy for the children on the bottom level to become short of breath, with the consequences unimaginable.” Ma Mo said that with this kind of rough-and-tumble stacking game it would be easy for an accident to happen to those in the middle or lower layers, and furthermore it would be difficult to discover. There needs to be a specialist member of staff present in charge of safety, and furthermore safety prevention measures must be put in place in advance.

[Voices from Weixin]

@宁乡宁: Others I don’t know about, but if it was my child, I would not want him to be under there being squashed.

@Frankeenstein: The children are still small, their bones haven’t yet finished developing, so what happens if a problem/injury happens from being squashed?! Talk about not caring when it isn’t your own child.

@悲喜剧: What spirit of teamwork? Has the team been compressed into a “sandwich”?

@豹纹-小女人: This is so terrible! Teacher, why don’t you let the children pile on you?

@Bessie: Teacher I’d like to ask you please, has your child also been through this kind of exercise in this kindergarten?

@三丫谁也不信: I really want to know which person came up with this activity, and how is this considered exercise? It looks more like children using their fragile bodies to create a gymnastics platform for the teacher.

@灌水也是生产力: I think, if I was one of this country’s children I would lose my appetite all because of this “hamburger”.

@山颠玫瑰: There are many methods of education, change to one that most people can accept and at all times places the children’s safety first.

@小琼: Just because the teacher is very happy doesn’t necessarily mean the children aren’t happy. This is just an exercise, a game, and if the kids don’t want to take part, would the teacher force them to? Since it was the teacher who shared the photograph, this goes to show that from the outset the intention was absolutely good, was absolutely for the children. Don’t always assume every time that the teacher is mistreating their students.

@跟着逸伦走: It’s just a game you play when small. After class lots of small kids go to places with soft mats to roll around. I don’t understand what there is to criticize/attack.

@秋香: It seems the kids are all pretty happy to me, it’s no big deal, and there are even some striking poses.

—— Taken from Xiaoxiang Morning Herald official Tencent Weibo

Reporter- Zhang Shubo, Changsha

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It seems to me the kids’ expressions are even happier than that of the teacher’s.

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I want to be on top of the teacher.

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Although it looks like the kids are all smiling happily, it’s very easy for accidents to happen in this kind of activity.

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Why are there always this kind of SB teachers pretending to be cool?

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Why not throw the teacher under, and let the children pile on top of her?

What do you think? Harmless fun or would you be worried as a parent?

  • “it is within the bounds of safety”

    No, it’s within the bounds of insanity and torture.

    • Archie

      you must have gone to a boring primary school. this type of activity is par for course where I came from.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Not if apply weight distribution.
      Ever notice how smaller animals are able to survive things that should have killed a human? How a cat falling from a tree can land on its feet and just run off without even pulling a muscles where an adult would be unable to move from all the broken bones? Size. The smaller you are, the more force you can apply without injury.

      For those kids, who are all sharing a portion of the weight being put on them, will feel a little pressure at the least, mild discomfort at most.

      • David

        Yes, but this is a not a static structure. If they were all triangles made of a firm material and the mats were boards it would distribute the pressure evenly along the entire area. Mats are not firm though and neither are children. This means some children will get much more weight (mostly the ones in the middle) and others will get hardly any weight.(mostly the ones on the outside). While stacking them up is not a bad exercise, throwing the teacher on top was not a good idea. When was the last time you put a heavy steak on top of a hamburger?

  • Joey

    She doesn’t look too heavy and the weight is distributed amongst the kids. Looks like a good time and I agree, I also want to be on top of the teacher.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Overprotective parents, yay!

    Seriously, this doesn’t seem like anything dangerous. The mats would be plenty to protect them and that teacher looks like she’s tiny! Plus, there’s like 100 kids under her to hold the weight.

    Guessing she’s 90lbs, 110 lbs at the most. I don’t see the problem here.

    Don’t make me get out my physics textbook! >:[

    (It’d probably help if we could see the actual facial expressions of the kids. I know it’s censored to protect their identities, but let’s face it, we’re never going to recognize these kids out of the billion people in China.)

    • Guest23

      I’m thinking it would be quite the opposite if the kids were up top, yeah pretty overprotective parents.

    • tomoe723

      you probably don’t have kids.. these things are dangerous.. you don’t know there’s one kid there that’s suffering and can’t really complain because everyone’s doing it… plus the picture sure says a lot about the education system.. LOL.

    • “I don’t see the problem here”

      You’re either not a parent or a wumao. If this was Germany, she would go to jail.

      • Kai

        Uh, why would he possibly be a “wumao” for his comment?

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Clearly, you haven’t seen most of my posts here on Chinasmack.
        I’m obviously a wumao!

        You don’t understand Chinese culture, since you clearly don’t get it! Only a fool wouldn’t understand how amazing this picture is! All hail Mao Zedong!!! This pyramid of teacher and toddlers touts our terrible technological talent!!

        • Joey

          Report to your nearest PSB for re-education, comrade.

      • Germandude

        “If this was Germany, she would go to jail.”

        Based on which law/rule?

    • Zappa Frank

      The teacher seems behind the children, I think her weight do not press children at all… However I wonder what is the meaning of this “exercise”, I may understand they made it for fun, but pretend it’s actually a real exercise makes me think about how stupids are the eduction systems in that school.

    • simon

      “i’m lonetrey, and if i keep bitching about chinese and make myself a western sympathizer one day i will be accepted by the west”

      • mr.wiener

        ….And if you bitch hard enough about the meanies in the west [last picked at kickball, called racist names at school] maybe one day they will respect you?
        Often our lifetime goals are the same at 50 as they are at 5.

    • lonetrey / Dan

      edit: misplaced post

  • Wayne

    I don’t know about this, kids bones are extremely fragile sometimes.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Their bones are only fragile if you have them on a steady diet of soda and nothing else.

      • My_honourable_lord

        Or other kids….

        • anon101

          Kids dont feel pain the same way as an adult.

          (I have watched my daughter bite off one of her nails and then have mummy cut it back to the skin, no issues, no tears. It it were me, issues and tears would be on the cards).

          • My_honourable_lord

            You watched your daughter bite of her entire nail and didn’t attempt to stop her?

        • the ace of books

          Wait, what? Their bones are only fragile if you have them on a steady diet of soda and other kids? Sounds awful Soylent to me…

          • David

            Kids bones are much thinner and much more fragile then adults. In addition, all the kids have their heads sticking out (so they can breath) it would only take one child from the top falling on them to cause damage to the cervical vertebra. I am glad nobody seems to be hurt but while I was a rough and wild kid (as were my kids) I just think it is different when your in school. JMHO.

          • Paul Schoe

            The ability to breath isn’t only decided on whether your head sticks out. This risk is that a kid cannot expand their breast, so his/her lungs cannot fill with air. That is one reason why you need somebody to supervise an ‘exercise’ like this. From the top it is impossible to see if some kid has breathing problems.

            I agree with RocKStaR: why not let them play soccer more. Seems tome a much better exercise in ‘teamwork’.

          • My_honourable_lord

            That DID come out all wrong!

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          Maybe if you gave the other kids sledge hammers.

          • My_honourable_lord

            No need, just show them how to use an elevator to the 25th floor of the building.

      • My_honourable_lord
  • Cauffiel

    I do not think this will hurt the children, but this woman is not mature enough to teach.

    • the ace of books

      Basically this. As long as this’ done right the kids’ll be fine. But the teacher using the kids as props to show off her Mad Doing-the-splits Skillz is kinda childish itself, tbh.

  • vonskippy

    If it was Chinese Olympic training school the same parents would be complaining that they aren’t using a heavy enough teacher.

    Poor little snowflakes, having to endure such whiny parents.

  • markus peg

    Quotes about this story in reply [Date – 28th Nov 2013]
    Below are quotes not my words, just so people know more about the response.

    “School officials have explained that the “hamburger” stacking game is
    an activity commonly performed around schools meant to exercise will
    power, resilience and team cooperation.

    The event has safety precautions throughout,” one official explained to parents.

    Another expert stated that while the mats should evenly distribute
    force to bear the weight of the children, it is still a dangerous
    activity because kids at the bottom are prone to suffocation.”

  • 5000 years of history

    I want to be on top of the teacher too!

    • Middle_Kingdum

      Ding up!

    • Stefan Xu

      on the bed?

      • 5000 years of history

        Your ignorance brings a smile to my face.

  • don mario

    the most you could say is this teacher is DUMB. pretty harmless otherwise.

  • Hang Em Man

    Kids and the teacher having fun. Geez. Some people get wound up over the smallest things. We used to do this when I was a kid. No one got hurt and no one died. Instead of a 100 pound teacher, it usually was the fat ass kid of the class sitting at the top.

  • Teacher in China

    I would never do something like this as a teacher, even though I did something like this when I was a kid at school. People are far too sensitive and litigious these days, and it’s too easy for an accident to happen. She’s a bonehead for getting involved, and even more of a bonehead for putting a pic of it on her QQ.

  • Germandude

    BREAKING NEWS: Nothing happened!
    Conclusion: Move on…

  • Jack Yu

    This has been discussed throughout Chinese media for quite some time. I even saw it on the CCTV 13 news. The stupid reporters even asked some of the kids how they felt during this horrible exercise. The little rascals just looked irritated and said: “That was big fun!”.

  • Marcus Black

    Actually they don’t study physics to apply the information in answer daily life questions. They learn it to pass exams. So don’t expect them to be able to apply the information they cram in their heads for exams because it’s simply not there after the exam.

    • shanghaiguy

      Hahahahahaha so right you are

  • Dr Sun

    looks pretty harmless to me.

  • biggj

    New on Bluray and DVD—–“Attack of the Chinese kid zombies”

    Plot: When the Chinese kids fall victim to a horrible virus called “H56N98” that turns them into crazed flesh eating monsters…..only 3 officials and 1 mistress can save china from from loss of face and harmony.

  • moeimoei

    I sense a tort claim….

  • mr.wiener

    I thought it was a stunning accurate portrayal of the Chinese political system.

  • Joe R

    She can sit on me any time.

  • Anon E Moose

    This is nothing more than a re-enactment of traditional Mongol Victory celebrations.

    The defeated chieftains would be piled underneath the banquet platforms and slowly but surely suffocated by the end of the night’s feasting.

    5,000 glorious years of Chinese History…. yada, yada, yada….

  • tomoe723

    late response, only checked now..

    whatever excuse you have, proper weight distribution or organized and such does not justify the teacher putting her weight on all those little children. when it comes to safety, i’d rather be safe than sorry. there are better safer ways to have fun in training exercises than this acrobatic feat where it seems the teacher is the only one having fun despite the kids claiming it was fun.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    D: I thought everyone here liked mat sandwiches!

    That’s it, this dimension is too boring for me.
    -goes to my blue box-