China will drug test all children after teachers found giving children illegal drugs

China: Millions of primary school-aged children in China to be tested after teachers   found to have been feeding students antiviral drugs

Two kindergartens in Xi'an have been closed down after it was revealed they had been giving children illegal drugs

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Two kindergartens in Xi’an have been closed down after it was revealed they had been giving children illegal drugs Photo: China News/Rex Features
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Malcolm Moore

By , Beijing

China has launched “blanket” drug testing for as many as 170 million children   after it emerged that hundreds of kindergarten pupils were being secretly   drugged by their teachers.

Over the past two weeks, three primary schools in two provinces were found to   be secretly feeding their students a prescription drug to try to prevent   them from getting sick.

The kindergartens are paid only for the days that pupils attend and wanted to   maximise their earnings. 

As parents across the country reacted furiously, the government promised a    “thorough, one-by-one” inspection of every kindergarten, primary school and   middle school in China.

“The focus is to investigate whether kindergartens are illegally organising   the medication of groups of infants,” the government said, promising to   report back by April 15 and severely punish any transgressors.

Two schools in the central city of Xi’an reportedly began feeding their pupils   moroxydine hydrochloride, an antiviral drug that was invented in the 1950s   to stop the spread of flu but fell out of favour in the West.

More than 500 parents in the city said their children had suffered headaches   and pain as a result. On Monday, a third kindergarten in Jilin province was   found to be secretly handing out the same drug.

Parents only discovered what was going on at the Feng Yun kindergarten in   Xi’an when a child told his mother at the beginning of March that he would    “never get sick again” because he had been “taking medicine”. When pressed,   the boy said his teachers had given him a “bitter tablet that took a long   time to swallow”.

As the news spread, crowds of parents besieged the kindergarten until its   head, Zhao Baoying, admitted to the practice.

Parents said the drug, whose sideeffects have never been fully researched, had   given their children headaches, muscle pains and night sweats.

Hundreds of children have now been tested in hospitals for any symptoms from   the drug. At least 65 of over 390 children in Xi’an had “abnormal results”    but doctors said they had not found any common theme that could be   attributed to the drug.

As the outrage grew, parents began to block the streets outside the school and   scuffle with police. The heads of the kindergartens have now been arrested   and all the staff have been replaced.

Aware of the potential for a national outrage, the government has moved   quickly to silence the parents of children in the three kindergartens.

“Three parents were detained for three days for gathering a crowd to make a   disturbance,” said Liu Changsong, a lawyer at the Beijing Jierui law firm.

“Quite a few parents have been summoned for a talk with the police, and have   deleted all online posts as instructed. The parents will go through the   courts, but they are worried about being detained,” he added.

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One Response to “China will drug test all children after teachers found giving children illegal drugs”

  1. AKA John Galt Says:

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

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