7th graders suspended one week for brutally beating classmate

By Vu Le - Dinh Tuyen, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thanh Nguyen (C), director of Tra Vinh Department of Education and Training, announces the decision on March 16. Photo: Dinh Tuyen Nguyen Thanh Nguyen (C), director of Tra Vinh Department of Education and Training, announces the decision on March 16. Photo: Dinh Tuyen

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Three 7th graders have been suspended for a week after a video went viral showing they involved in a brutal attack on a classmate at a school in Tra Vinh Province.
The students include Duong Thuy Vy, the class president who instructed the attack on the student, identified only as P; Lam Tran Binh Trong who threw a stack of plastic stools on the victim; and Nguyen Thuy Duong, who recorded the movie.
The disciplinary measure was part of a decision announced Monday by the provincial Department of Education and Training, which also suspended Phan Thanh Nguyen, principal of Ly Tu Trong Junior High School, and his deputy Vo Thanh Vu for a month.
Six other students involved in the attack were officially rebuked.
Vo Thanh Tat, the class head teacher, was suspended indefinitely.
Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, director of Tra Vinh Department of Education and Training, sent an apology to P and her family on the behalf of the school management board and involved students.
The case happened on January 13 but was disclosed later on March 8 after the video was posted online and attracted wide attention.
The clip of less than two minutes showed a group of students beating the schoolgirl, who helplessly protected her head with her bare hands, during indoor recess for being "disobedient."
They pulled her hair, beat her with plastic stools and threw the stools at her.
The class president Vy was said to have ordering others to beat P after accusing her of refusing to follow her orders.
P did not tell anybody about the bullying because Vy and others threatened her.
Her family took her to hospital after they saw bruises on her face and back, but she only said she fell down the stairs at school.

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