Chinese Teenagers: Bullying the Handicapped & Sexual Assault

A Chinese teenager photographed apparently bullying and beating a mentally handicapped man.


The top two most-discussed articles earlier today on web portal NetEase both involved teenagers, the first of a boy bullying a mentally-handicapped person, and the second of a gang of schoolgirls sexually assaulting younger schoolgirls…

From NetEase:

Guizhou Middle/High School Student Abusing Mentally-Handicapped Elderly Person Exposed Online, Elderly Person on His Knees Afraid to Get up

Recently a netizen exposed an incident on Weibo where a middle/high school student in Zunyi city Syuiyang county Kuankuo town beat and intimidated a mentally-handicapped person into kneeling on the ground afraid to get up. Once the information went public on discussion forums and microblogs, it attracted condemnation from thousands of netizens, one after another demanding that the middle/high school student be human flesh searched.




Netizen @曾慧er said: Just looking at this is upsetting, I want to cry. My own uncle is also is also mentally-disabled because of polio, and I hated seeing others bully him when I was small.

Netizen @青菜与白菜不得不说的秘 sighed: “Man at birth is by nature good. Not having [good] upbringing is indeed a very lamentable thing.”

Of course, there were also netizens who defended the high/middle school student. Netizen “野度孤舟”: “The child doesn’t know better, and looking at the photos, he was just posing, and didn’t really hit him.”

According to previous media reports, one perspective is that the mentally-handicapped and mentally-ill, deaf and mute or blind people are all considered disadvantaged social groups in society, all protected under the “Protection of the Disabled Law”, so punishment of crimes should be different from ordinary people.

Another perspective believes strict adherence to the law is the basic requirement of law enforcement, and those handling the case cannot exceed the regulations of the law and enforce the law arbitrarily. Our country’s criminal laws and judicial interpretations do not have any regulations specific to the “mentally handicapped”. Moreover, there are four levels of of “mentally handicapped” that cannot be compared to the mentally-ill, deaf and mute, or blind.

Comments from NetEase:

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呀哑吖呸 [网易湖北省黄冈市网友]:

Bullying the mentally-handicapped, worse than an animal!

屠龙术 [网易吉林省延边州延吉市网友]:

An uneducated bastard.

网易新疆乌鲁木齐市手机网友 ip:124.117.*.*

If you have the balls, come beat me, and I’ll beat you until you’re a retard.

寂寞的白杨树 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

A punk that’s no better than animals, deserves to be buried alive!

墨谈国师 [网易美国手机网友]:

Care for the elderly as you would your own.
Care for the young as you would your own.
This boy is vile!

yzchao0408 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

Whose feral/wild child is this???!!!

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:221.11.*.*

This kind of person should be buried alive. To bury someone alive, you need an excavator. Okay then, here’s the question, which company’s excavator is the best?

网易福建省泉州市晋江市手机网友 ip:125.78.*.*

The sorrow of China’s education system, the sorrow of society, the loss of civilization!

火柴便当 [网易福建省厦门市手机网友]:

This kind of punk should be strung up and beaten, beaten until he knows how to be a human being.

不正常人类研究所主任 [跟贴评论团]:

One look and you can tell he’s a stupid cunt lacking proper upbringing!!
You can feed this kind of person to the dogs and still feel it is dirty!!

From NetEase:

6 Second-Year High School Girls in Yan’an With Knives Forced 5 Younger Schoolmates to Take Off Clothes Before Sexually Assaulting Them

Recently, a collective sexual assault case occurred at Yan’an city Wuqi county High School, where six second-year schoolgirls with knives forced five younger schoolmates to take off their clothes and then sexually assault them. On September 26th, the six girls involved were arrested by local police.

At 5pm on September 26, a doctor at the Wuqi county People’s Hospital reported that five girls from the county’s high school were brought in by ambulance for medical examination and treatment. The girls had different levels of injuries to their breasts and lower body parts. “The girls covered their faces and cried, but in the face of police questioning, gradually explained how they had been hurt,” said this doctor.

As it is understood, this case of campus sexual assault occurred on the evening of September 23rd. That night, the five victims were preparing to go to sleep in their dorm when the six perpetrators barged in and used fruit knives to threaten the five girls into taking off their clothes. The five girls resisted but were beaten. After being forced to take off their clothes, they were subjected to the six girls’ insults and attacks. “Unbelievable, they used fruit knives to cut the five girls’ breasts, found a beer bottle to sexually assault the five girls, and threatened the victims to not tell teachers or parents,” said one of the victim’s parents.

Afterwards, the five victims, afraid of reprisals, kept silent their humiliation, but because the injuries two among them suffered were more serious, individual teachers and parents noticed. “My girl was walking differently from normal, as if in a lot of pain, so when I kept pressing her for what happened, she finally told the truth. My child’s lower body was all swollen/bruised. She had thrown away her underwear into the sewer,” one of the victim’s parents angrily said, “that such a vile thing happened in the dorms, the school’s management should be held responsible.”

Last night around 7pm, this reporter confirmed this matter with Wuqi police. “At present, the six girls involved have been criminally detained. The Wuqi County Party Committee and County government leaders are taking this very seriously and have already tasked the Public Security Bureau and Education Bureau to thoroughly investigate and report the results,” said a Wuqi county Public Security Bureau police officer involved in the case.

Comments from NetEase:

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呀哑吖呸 [网易湖北省黄冈市网友]:

Female hooligans/thugs! If you want to sexually assault anyone, come at me!

网易浙江省湖州市网友 ip:218.75.*.*

Used a beer bottle?
When providing evidence, have those six girls demonstrate.

屠龙术 [网易吉林省延边州延吉市网友]:

Public morality decreases by the day as evildoers rapidly multiply.

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.234.*.*

If you have the guts, leave those five younger schoolgirls alone and come at me instead. I have no trouble going six against one.

snowwinter987 [网易山东省临沂市网友]:

Just dump those six beasts in Africa, and fuck them to death.

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.234.*.*

Yan’an is a good place.

空樽对月 [网易广东省珠海市网友]:

What’s wrong with this world? The parents of these knife-wielding girls should self-reflect. Bringing up this kind of daughter with this kind of behavior is definitely connected to their family upbringing!!!

天将破晓 [网易广东省汕头市网友]:

Living up to its reputation as a holy land.

网易浙江省杭州市网友 ip:122.234.*.*

Leave those girls along, come sexually assault me!

zhlm098 [网易陕西省渭南市网友]:

Have they gone crazy? Instead of being good students, these young girls are instead so cruel, shameless, and vulgar/obscene/perverse!

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  • Catsby

    Pretty awful that I’ve become so desensitised that I’m no longer surprised to these happenings in China. It’s going be a long, long while until its society standards rise to that of America’s. There’s a reason why ‘China is a developed country’ is such a debatable issue. As long as this regime exists, the country is simply not going to advance. Keep on keeping on, good old China.

    • SongYii

      Ha, yeah, check out this recent story from Cleveland, China.

      • mr.wiener

        I saw that one.
        People can be real arseholes, the thing is not to let them get away with it. Those dumb bastards bullying the disabled dude were even stupid enough to film it!!
        When I was young i did stuff I’m not proud of now..but nothing like this.

        • SongYii

          The kids dumping feces, urine, and spit on the autistic kid filmed it AND posted it on social media sites. Talk about dumb dumb dumb.

    • Xia

      “Blame it on the government” does not solve all the social issues.

    • jin

      American society standard is better??? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • Amused

        You needed someone to tell you that? Bwahahahahaha!

      • SimpsonsGoldenAge


      • Repatriated

        Try beating your wife in a public place in the US…then try to keep laughing while the EMTs (if you survive long enough for them to show up) try to keep you alive. LOL.

        • jin

          Sure that happens rarely in China, but do you think that behind closed doors there is no violence in America? While China does have a lot of social problems, it’s a safer country to live compared to America.

          • Repatriated

            It’s not an isolated scenario that can determine what makes a society standard better IMO. I’ve on many occasions witnessed domestic abuse in China while a crowd gathered around just watching. Nobody helped. It wasn’t behind closed doors with NOBODY watching…it happened in PUBLIC with many people watching. Sure it happens in the USA, but society by and large considers this behavior WRONG, and other citizens will and do intervene.

            The fact that most Americans are willing to step up to the plate and help each other, rather than stand back and take pictures, really says something about a society, and the standards that make it stand above another.

          • jin

            I think the biggest reason people don’t help is the fear of getting the blame for the damages and the injuries as it has happened in the past. In a country with 1.4 billion people, being too kind will be your downfall. While there are a lot of kind people in China, there are also some who abuse and well… are human trash. Usually those are the poor, the rich and the uneducated.

        • masonman

          The problem in America is the opposite: you can find yourself in prison for beating your wife even though you didn’t lay a hand on her. You can find her taking away your kids and your money because she decided she wanted a different guy. You can be accused of rape and you are treated as guilty until proven innocent.

      • Catsby

        On numerous levels, yes???

        • jin

          Please explain what you mean with that, while American citizens do have more rights, they also got more violence. China and America got a lot more in common that you think.

      • Rick in China

        Sorry, how long have you lived in the US? How long have you lived in China?

        Laugh all you like, while you’re stuck in a rusty cage..little bird.

        • jin

          Rusty cage? Neither, I lived in The Netherlands all my life and it’s much better than either of those 2. Freedom and equality, less racism, less violence, almost no poverty, government helps you when you have financial problems, free education. How am I stuck in a cage?

          • Alex Dương

            I think The Netherlands is a great country, but still, you should live in the U.S. (or at least visit) first. Otherwise, you can’t make a meaningful comparison.

          • Rick in China

            So you’ve not lived in either, and are making a comparison between the two?

            Yes, that works, and credits your perspective. “Hahahahahahaha”.

          • jin

            Though I haven’t lived in either, I have been in southern China and America a couple of times. What I noticed is that southern part of China except Guangdong is safe and has almost no violence. While an average American in bigger cities are nice people, violence and racism in America happened more often compared to China, or at least the places I have visited.

          • Repatriated

            You watch too much TV, and form opinions based on what you see. Get out and LIVE in another country before posting concrete opinions. Heck, you’re in NL and can’t even see the racism around you. Ask some native Dutch people how they feel about immigration there.

          • jin

            Did you even read what I have said? I said LESS! racism compared to the average racism around the globe. Native Dutch citizen? I have lived here for 26 years, I know what I’m talking about. Racism problem we have right now is against the Moroccans, for something the Moroccan youth caused, calling Dutch females sluts in broad daylight, crimes, harassing people, other shit and the Geert Wilders Anti-Moroccan campaign in which he said to send back the Moroccan criminals back to their own country. And yes it is racism, racism against the Moroccan criminal youth.

          • jixiang

            Yes, but the problem is that you haven’t lived in China. It seems safer, and racism is less in your face. When you live there and speak the language, though, you realize that a certain kind of racism is just taken for granted by everyone, and even the country’s “safety” only covers some ares….

      • Miniluv101

        Honestly, it’s slightly better. While the cruelty, violence and idiocy is still there, in the US there’s not the common heartlessness/lack of compassion found in East Asia.

    • firebert5

      Is a repressive government a cause or a symptom?

      • Kai

        Great philosophical question. I’d be interested in reading what people conclude and how they reach that conclusion.

        • Brido227

          Without attempting to answer the question (since I don’t really have a comfortable answer), I’ll observe that improving the quality of the people has been a stated aim of political movements in China since the late Imperial reforms.

      • David

        Excellent question. I can not really answer that question, as sociology is not my specialty, I can tell you this: As you go back in time, even within a particular country/region, behavior becomes more and more ‘barbaric’ as seen by later generations of those same countrymen. I do not just mean laws, because until the last couple of hundred years, death was the penalty to most serious crimes (like rape, theft, disloyalty to the crown, blasphemy etc. . .) So we get flogging in the military 150 years ago, hanging for challenging the Church 400 years ago, confession by torture 600 years ago, the rack and burning at the stake for witchcraft 1000 years ago etc. . . These are not crazy people or the unusual case, these were standard practices accepted by ordinary people who lived with this everyday. Child molestation was wide spread and almost never reported until just 40 years ago. In the past the only thing stopping men from raping was lack of opportunity and the fact that it would be a family matter to settle it. People all over the world are generally much better that they were in the past (5000 years ago, if you met a man in the forest that you did not know, almost certainly one of you would end up dead, it was still like that in parts of the Amazon and New Guinea 15 years ago). One of the things about civilization is the knowledge you know what is expected of you and what is accepted (and what is not). While we may not live in the world we WANT to live in yet, it is really MUCH better than the one our ancestors did.

    • Kai

      I don’t think there is a significant number of people who think “China is a developed country”. As such, it isn’t “such a debatable issue”. In my experience, pretty much everyone recognizes China as a developing country.

      @firebert5:disqus brought up a really interesting question. I’m not sure it’s so easy to blame the government/regime.

      I once read an answer on Quora where a guy explained why he thinks the most “moral” people tend to be the middle class and that it is usually the poor and the rich who not only tend to do really morally or ethically questionable things but feel little guilt about it, being able to rationalize or even shamelessly talk about them.

      That notion resonated with my impression of Chinese society and its huge wealth gap. China has a growing middle-class and it is the middle-class that is demanding more higher standards of behavior in society, more rule of law, and even more civil rights. They’re not all well-behaved of course, but with the rich, you have those who think they are above the law and with the poor, you have those who feel it’s a dog-eat-dog world and they don’t have much to lose anyway. And there’s still a LOT of poor in China.

      On one hand, maybe we can blame the government for not improving living standards and fostering a larger middle-class that can set higher norms and expectations in Chinese society. On the other hand, can we really? We can’t really argue that living standards in China haven’t gone up, because they frankly have.

      Moreover, are we so certain societal values have gone down the drain? Was Chinese society obviously better before the PRC? Were there less instances of ignorant youth picking on the disabled or disadvantaged? Were there less gangs of friends who bullied and terrorized others?

      When bullying is still so disturbingly prevalent in our own developed first-world countries, are we so sure the issue is directly and inherently about the “communist” regime?

      Nevermind that the Chinese regime isn’t even communist, do even the communist “principles” they espouse in name promote bullying?

      I’m worried there’s an over-eagerness to blame this sort of stuff on “communism” when it really has nothing to do with communism at all. We’ve been socialized to scapegoat it as an easy enemy. Don’t misunderstand, I think communism is stupid, but I think the eagerness to blame this on communism is lazy and won’t bring us closer to solving it. Do we blame bullying in America on communism as well? Would even McCarthy go for that?

      • Rick in China

        You don’t need someone’s opinion on middle class being more ‘moral’. Berkeley did a study on the subject, here are some findings:

        “The first and second study showed wealthy people are more likely to break the law while driving.

        Study No. 3 showed wealthy individuals were more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies.

        Study No. 4 showed the rich were more likely to take valued goods and study No. 5 showed the rich are more willing to lie in a negotiation.

        No. 6 showed the wealthy people are more likely to cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize.

        The final study, No. 7 showed the rich are more likely to endorse unethical behavior at work.”

        There are also many other studies out there relating wealth to lack of compassion and other socially important features which basically imply the richer you are, the more likely you are to be a terrible person. :D

      • masonman

        “maybe we can blame the government for not improving living standards”

        The government CANNOT improve living standards, this is physically impossible. The government can only shift and modify how resources are arranged.

        The only way for any country on Earth to improve living standards is to accumulate capital goods, and that requires the government to step aside and let people work.

        Just wanted to point out the economic misunderstanding of anybody who holds that opinion.

        • Kai

          You seem to be pointing out that Apple doesn’t “make” the iPhone, Apple can only shift and modify how resources are arranged to hire people to design and then outsource acual manufacturing to a third party OEM maker like Foxconn to actually “make” the iPhone.

          I don’t think anyone (else) really has a misunderstanding of what I was saying, economic or otherwise.

    • Pharenheit

      Firstly, in a nation that consists of 19% of the worlds population it’s naive to deduce that a story about some teenagers bullying the mentally handicapped is somehow an indication of a systemic widespread social attitude.

      CNN reported a case where an autistic high-schooler had a bucket of human waste poured on him as a prank for the ALS Ice bucket challenge. Are you going to draw some profound conclusion there too? The US accounts for about 4.5% of the world’s population and if you were to do some digging on random acts of cruelty within the US you’d have a pretty tough time backing up your comment on ‘society standards’ there.

      Why don’t you take a look at the sentiment of the comment section if you really want to get a sense of how the general public view such things before drawing such over simplified and ironically ignorant conclusions.

    • Disney English

      China’s communist? lol, mmmm’kay.

    • There are 1.3 BILLION people in China.

      Take all the shit in the news about the US, Canada, all of Europe, and Australia, and then you’d have a somewhat valid basis for comparison of “social standards.”

  • AbC

    Why am I not surprised with so many commenters offering themselves to be sexually assaulted by the six girls…

    • mr.wiener

      Too much Japanese AV perhaps?

      • AbC

        Too much is subjective. I’m sure many of us would have had our fair share of that.

    • Rick in China

      Perhaps that many Chinese netizens truly want to be raped with a beer bottle. Wouldn’t surprise me seeing how many limp wristed dandy dudes prance around the streets of Chengdu.

      • Kai

        Yikes, I was about to make the same joke, except I would’ve stopped at the first sentence.

        • Rick in China

          I thought about ending it there, but decided to double down.

      • Jahar

        Include Wuhan as well.

  • mr.wiener

    Chinasmack does stories about what topics are trending on the Chinese interwebs at this at this time. The fact that HK is NOT a much discused topic at the moment should speak volumes as to the levels of censorship happening at the moment.
    Deep breaths sir, deep breaths…

    • chucky3176

      I often go to this Korean restaurant who’s waitresses are all middle aged ethnic Korean women from Yabian China. They all hold Chinese national passports. While ordering food, on TV, there are news footages of Hong Kong protests. I ask one of the women what she thinks of the protests. She sarcastically said about Hong Kong, “little Hong Kong thinks they’re so brave”. I bet most of mainland China thinks the same, and really there’s no need for that kind of censorship with all that Chinese nationalism.

      • SongYii

        I think a lot of that is pure jealousy. It sounds like the same shit they say about Japan and probably Korea. Chinese *really* obsess about size (tell them how BIG you think China is, they love it)… I think it really drives them crazy that they have many, many times as many people as their neighbors and aren’t nearly so successful. It seems they genuinely can’t understand the difference between political and economic influence, and raw numbers of people. They don’t seem to understand why one does not translate directly into the other without something of great substance in between. Or at least, thats the way I interpret what I read in their comments.

        • ray

          Of course they are jealous. China is a developing country with a lot of problems to overcome, caused by the stupidity of Mao. Every developing country is probably jealous of a developed one. You should be a bit more understanding.

          The cruel behaviour of some people in china (like this guy in the article) is unacceptable but.this society is sadly a result of a tragedy. But with more economic growth, there is more room for morals and ethics for china.(hopefully).

          I also have that feeling that you are looking down on all chinese, as like they all have that kind of inferiority complex. I don’t want to put words in your mouth.but you certanly give that feeling.

          • SongYii

            living in china, you must adopt a different way of behaving toward others. my relationship with a lot of man-on-the-streets is admitedly adversarial because so many are inconsiderate, callow, racist assholes whose behavior is often dangerous to me. i have this attitude because it helps to keep me safe. but ive also been here long enough to get an idea within a few seconds of whether im dealing with a major stupid asshole or someone who goes against that grain (a lot of that has to do with setting too… its phenomnal how many become instant morons when they start a car). so i dont look down on all chinese… i only look down on the ones from whom i need to protect myself.

            unrelated, they ARE super jealous. i have a 4 yr old macbook computer, and anyone who sees it marvels at it and insists i am very rich… at the same time they are holding a new-ish iphone or ipad that costs at least as much as i paid for my notebook. sigh.

    • SongYii

      His name is angry laowai. I don’t think he can take deep breaths.

      • mr.wiener

        That’s the trouble with living in BJ town, big breaths are bad for your health.

  • Teacher in China

    Jeebus that schoolgirl attack is twisted. There are some seriously fucked up things happening in high schools these days. And even though it pops up occasionally on Chinasmack, you just know the kids are getting away with a lot more than they’re caught doing….and I thought I had a rough time in high school……

  • Ken Morgan

    This is no different to what happens elsewhere tbh all that has happened in places like the UK is that it has moved onto the online sphere instead. Near where I live for instance there was a psychiatric care unit. It was somewhat common for large groups of teenagers to gather outside the gates and abuse the hell out of the people there.

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  • Lei Feng’s Hat

    Has the ‘Human Flesh Search’ gimmick ever produced results? Just curious, because the punk in the opening photographs is in dire need of a human flesh search followed by the bonus round, human flesh removal…

    • arterius2

      it has many times in the past.

    • David

      quite often actually.

  • Amused

    A retard beating a disabled man and a meeting of the jr. lesbo bondage club. What do these things have in common?

  • Zen my Ass

    I saw this happening everywhere… China just acts as a magnifying lens on humankind wrongdoings sometimes.

  • The first I’ve heard of girls getting off on assaulting others.

    • mr.wiener

      Happens in prison a lot I’ve heard…well, in western countries at any rate.

  • Brido227

    “The school’s management should beheld responsible”? Really? Why not the perps and their parents?

    • Jahar

      They love passing the Buck

    • David

      It seems from the story that this is a school where the kids spend at least some of their time sleeping there. It mentions the attack happened in a dorm. Why is there nobody walking around making sure the girls are where they are supposed to be? I am not saying they should have anticipated THIS happening, but it is not far fetched to think older kids will bully younger kids. It happens a lot in Asia where you are expected to be respectful and deferential to any student older than you.

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  • Annoyed guest

    Amazing, so much for saying American society is SO superior, and above China’s and possibly everyone elses, uh? suddenly everyone forgets about USA’s serial killers? school shootings? random shooting sprees? how about all the other hundreds/thousands of cases of rape and bullying, so, now this DOESN’t happen in the US at all? oohhh perfect USA society…

  • 日暮かごめ

    I wish a piano fell from the sky and landed on the bullies head. I feel sorry for people who are disabled and get bullied by others.

    I hope you understand this quote I came up with a few years back in middle school while being bullied by upper class students :
    “One day the person who is doing the bullying will somehow become physically if not mentally disabled. With that I hope then someone will bully them back, hoping they will learn the pain they inflicted on others in the past.”