Many parents around the world send their kids off to school in hopes that they'll get a good education in a safe environment.
You'll hear dozens of stories about children getting into a fight that ends up taking a turn for the worse, but rarely will you hear stories about bizarre and cruel punishments enacted by school staff members.
Teachers and other administrative staff are not only meant to educate students, but also to teach them discipline. But when does a lesson in discipline go too far?
One school found out the hard way after a 16-year-old boy died after an alleged bizarre punishment ordered by his teacher.
According to Thepaper.cn, the boy, only identified by his surname (Zhang), was a student at Xinshao No 2 Middle School in central China.
During nap time on Sunday afternoon, the boy and his classmate were talking.
Their punishment for talking during this quiet time was to do "frog jumps" up a 65-foot (20 meter) slope.
According to the parents, who said they saw surveillance footage of the incident, the teacher told the students to put their arms behind their back while jumping up the slope.
Zhang agreed to carry out his punishment, but that's when things took a turn for the worse.
After completing the frog jumps, the student fell unconscious and was later pronounced dead.
While at the hospital, doctors found blood in the boy's mouth, ears, and nose.
Strangely, Zhang was described as "fit and strong" by his family.
Although police have said no physical contact was made by the teacher, the principal, the teacher, and other staff members are being investigated.
"The police have not filed the case, but the party committee and education bureau are investigating," the county government’s spokesman said.
[H/T: Daily Mirror]