Two school officials have been sacked after a seven-year-old pupil was struck and killed by a visitor’s car while walking to the loo.
The tragedy happened yesterday (2nd June) at the Xi’an No 67 Middle School, in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi, where eight primary classes are currently holding classes.
Footage taken by witnesses shows the schoolboy surnamed Dang, seven, lying motionless beside visitor Mr Li’s car, which has slammed into a lamp post on campus.
Images taken in the aftermath of the incident show an ambulance transporting the boy out of campus, followed by the removal of the mangled vehicle belonging to Mr Li, 61.
According to local police, Mr Li had been visiting the middle school to discuss renovations on the school grounds.
The crash happened after an “operating error” as he was driving out the school, the authorities said in a statement.
The boy, a pupil with Xinghuo Road Elementary School, suffered fatal crash injuries and was later declared dead at a local hospital.
He is said to have been walking to the loo during a break when he was mown down by the car.
The Lianhu District Bureau of Education has dismissed the middle school’s principal and vice-principal over the incident, which is still being investigated, the school authority said today (3rd June).
Mr Li remains in police custody and is expected to face manslaughter charges.
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