College dorm guard in central Vietnam assaults boy for staying illegally

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A man in central Vietnam Monday complained to the police about a college dormitory security guard who had allegedly assaulted his son for staying illegally, causing him to jump off the dorm building and suffer severe injuries.

Nguyen Van Manh is being treated at Da Nang Hospital and unable to talk due to the injuries.

Doctors said he lost a tooth and had torn lips and bones broken in his lower jaw and left arm.

The 19-year-old student of Da Nang Technology College was scolded and hit on the face by a guard named Nguyen Manh De.

Other students have testified to this.

When Manh tried to run, De ordered the dormitory gate closed and chased him from the first floor to the second from where the boy jumped off.

His roommate, identified only as Tr., said Manh and another boy were staying illegally in his room, but the other had quickly sneaked out when two guards came at around 6 a.m. on March 23.

Manh registered late for the dormitory during the second semester in January, but there was no more room left. So he stayed there with the consent of other boys, many of whom are his classmates.

He is from Quang Nam Province, which neighbors Da Nang.

In many places in Vietnam, rented houses are not as safe or convenient as school dormitories and cost much more, but there are not enough dorm rooms for all students.

The college, whose representatives visited Manh at the hospital, said it would soon convene a meeting to discuss the matter.

But dormitory managers blamed Manh and not the guard, saying despite repeated exhortations he had not moved out of the room.

"The issue is not so serious as the boy's family makes it look," one of them said.

They refused to let the media talk to De.

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