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Chinese teenager beaten to death in internet addiction clinic
Posted 8/5/09 , edited 8/5/09

His parents hoped their teenage son would be home in a month, cured of his addiction to the internet. They never thought that within 10 hours of taking him to an addiction clinic they would receive a telephone call notifying them that he was dead.



Deng Senshan, 16, was addicted to playing on the internet, like tens of millions of other young Chinese. He was just the latest teenager to be sent by his parents to one of the clinics being set up across China to cure youngsters of their obsession with online gaming.

His parents took their son to the Guangxi Qihuang Survival Training Camp in southern China on Saturday, paying 7,000 yuan (£605) for a month of treatment. Deng Fei, his father, told supervisors that his son was shy and introverted and they should avoid putting too much pressure on him during the first couple of days. They agreed.

Instead, the boy was placed in solitary confinement shortly after his arrival and then beaten by his trainers who scolded him for running too slowly when he was ordered to go jogging. He was pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Deng said: “My son was very healthy and was not a criminal. He just had an internet addiction when I left him at the camp. We can't believe our only son was beaten to death."

He had signed an agreement with the camp to help his son “get away from bad behaviour, regain confidence and establish positive life attitudes”. The contract also states: "The centre can take necessary approaches including punishment to educate the teenager, as long as the approaches will not abuse the child or impair his health."

Police said four people have been arrested in connection with the death of the teenager. One officer said: "We are investigating a case where a high school student was beaten to death by his camp supervisors. The case is still under investigation."

It is the latest controversy concerning the treatment of internet addiction in China. Last month, the Health Ministry banned the use of electroshock therapy as a treatment.

More than 10 million of the country's 100 million teenage web surfers are internet addicts, a survey by the China Youth Internet Association found last year. China has more than 338 million internet users, more than the entire population of the United States. Zhang Zhao , a Beijing-based mental health specialist with 15 years' experience, told the South China Morning Post: "I can tie my patients to the chair in front of me, but I cannot unlock their hearts. Nobody can cure addicts without their co-operation."

Zhan Wenbin, principal of a training centre similar to the camp in Nanning, said that military methods — such as total immersion and physical training — and mental consultation were needed to cure internet addiction. He said 80 per cent of about 100 students treated at his centre since early 2007 had been cured.


Oh,and don't worry.They're coming for you as well =]
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What kind of parents pays that much money to send his son to internet addiction boot camp?
I'm sorry, but the parents are also at fault here. You could have just taken the internet away from your son, role him in martial arts, and supervised him.
Instead they chose the easy way out, and now look at the results.
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rest in peace dude, but still beating someone is not going to make you run any faster, shooting at someone would work better but thats for another time, the parent should have just taken the computer or the internet away that would have been much easier and more likely less deadly.
Posted 8/5/09
agrees with you Kippu
and btw they used of having electroconvulsive therapy to treat Internet addiction -it's kinda of shock treatment-
but it's banned now.
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It's pretty stupid to send a kid to a camp for internet addiction (it's pretty stupid that such camps even exist). Just take the computer away, like normal parents do.
Posted 8/5/09
I heard that these training camps are really harsh, and they only report the good cases. I'm sure if they show the boy some love he won't be in this tragedy now.
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touchzanaflexpens wrote:

It's pretty stupid to send a kid to a camp for internet addiction (it's pretty stupid that such camps even exist). Just take the computer away, like normal parents do.


haha, I don't really think that's the problem here. They bludgin the kid to death. Wtf is wrong with people. I am glad we don't have camps here in america for that. If they sent me there and started beating me for not jogging well, guarentee I'd be the person going to jail for manslaughter in defence.

Hopefully they make ALOT of changes in the way china runs or even operates "internet addition therapy"
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World is getting sick, or people's mind are getting sick.
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u know....after so many articles about baby's brains being eaten, babies eaten alive by rats, parents selling their kid's bodies this doesn't surprise me that much...
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That's really one crazy parents. You just killed your own son.
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RIP, poor kid T^T
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fucking cruel!

anyways, RIP._.
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China is a strange place.
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meanie Poor kid
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