A teacher at the Sky Montessori kindergarten in north China's Shanxi Province has been detained following the release of what appears to be surveillance video of her repeatedly hitting her students.
Officials first clued into the behavior when a father of one of the students said his daughter came home with bruises and swollen eyelids.
"I picked up my kid at 5:10 p.m. and when we got home I noticed that her eyes were swollen with two welts, it was swollen here [pointing to one cheek] and bruised black and green here," said the father who first reported the abuse.
"Between 4 and 4:30, my daughter was hit 70 times, slapped about 70 times on the face, and kicked in the butt twice. That's for my child. Another was hit 40-some times, 43 times. Another one was hit 10 times, and another 27 times."
In a surveillance camera video distributed by LiveLeak, the teacher, identified as Li Zhuqing, appears to hit multiple children many times in a 10-minute period, even going so far as to grab one pupil by the arm, then try to throw him to the ground.
The children were allegedly punished for being slow at arithmetic.
"The teacher did it because she couldn't answer correctly 10 plus one," continued the man whose daughter had been abused.
"But she could do single digit addition. Because of this, she couldn't get it right the first time, so the teacher taught her. But then my daughter said, 'Ms. Liu, I still don't know.' She still didn't know so the teacher picked up a booklet and went at her face."
According to Xinhua, the kindergarten, with 43 pupils, has been ordered to shut down, and the teacher is under a 15-day administrative detention.
UPI reports police have initiated an investigation into other kindergartens in the city.