This viral video with over eight million views shows a bespectacled schoolboy forced to smash his phone to pieces by classmates as a teacher films.
The clip being widely shared online was filmed at The Hui People Middle School in the city of Shangqiu in Central China’s Henan Province.
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In the video, the pupil, who is believed to be aged 17 or 18 and in his final year of secondary school, can be seen striking his mobile phone on the floor with a lock.
As he stands back up, however, a female voice belonging to a classmate can be heard saying: “Hit it again, smash it to pieces.”
The boy crouches down and picks up the lock again before repeatedly hitting his phone with it.
The girl nearby then adds: “Throw it. Throw it against the floor. Throw it over there.”
The boy, who appears to be on the verge of tears, slams his phone against the floor until it breaks apart.
Social media users were critical of school staff for allegedly making the boy break his own phone, but a school spokesman said no teachers were involved in the punishment.
He said: “We’ve always had a ban on phones. Pupils sign agreements as soon as they enter the school. No one is allowed to bring their phone to school.
“However, no teacher forced the pupil to break his phone. It’s a policy the students decided to enforce themselves.
“The video was taken by a passing teacher who wanted to show it to her own class.”
The school is not expected to compensate the boy or his family for the phone.