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Chinese Internet Addict Beaten to Death At ‘Addiction Camp’

August 4, 2009


Another day, another death in China by overzealous personnel. A boy of 16, Deng Senshan was beaten to death at an “Internet Addiction” camp when adult counselers became agitated and beat him during treatment. The “camp” is currently closed and the local government is investigating the occurrence.

The WSJ is reporting that there is currently a country-wide debate about the true meaning of Internet Addiction and if camps like these are truly the only solution.

A teenager sent by his parents to a boot camp to cure his Internet addiction died after he was beaten by camp supervisors, police in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region claimed yesterday.

The three teachers who allegedly beat Deng Senshan, 16, were detained by local police Sunday, Deng Fei, the boy’s father, a businessman from Ziyuan county, told the Global Times yesterday.

“We are investigating a case where a high school student was beaten to death by his camp supervisors. The case is still under investigation,” a police officer at the Jiangnan branch of Nanning Public Security Bureau said.

I’m the first to admit that the Internet is a harsh mistress but, again, it’s not worth killing over.

Three guards (who are now detained) apparently beat the boy for “running too slowly,” despite the camp promising that it uses no techniques that might compromise a visitor’s health. His father had paid the camp $1,024 for Deng Senshan’s treatment.

According to Time, there are hundreds of such camps in China. This is the first reported death from an internet addiction facility.

All of this makes feel glad to live in the USA, where Internet addiction is not treated by being sent to ‘Addiction Camps’. 😛 How about you?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2009 8:59 PM

    Funny….. But in asian country, there are so over crowded, no places to go. So, internet is the best way to kill time.

  2. Oxford Brit permalink
    August 6, 2009 4:15 PM

    “All of this makes feel glad to live in the USA, where Internet addiction is not treated by being sent to ‘Addiction Camps’. How about you?”

    And yet, parts of the USA still carry the death penalty, which China got rid of years ago. I agree that this is a horrible event, but I wouldn’t get too caught up in the whole Western cultural superiority thing.

    • August 6, 2009 4:40 PM

      Ok, I’m sorry. It was just a joke. I never intended to suggest that western people were better.

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