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Fined & Shamed: Foreign Teacher Who Threw 5 Year-Old in Pool Pays the Price

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Editor's Note: The following article was translated and edited from an article that appeared on the iFeng news site with supplements from a related article from The article concerns a recent incident in Shandong Province in which a foreign teacher threw a five-year-old Chinese girl in a swimming pool, distressing the child and her family. After a lengthy argument, the man finally agreed to apologize and pay the family 20,000 RMB as compensation.

Fined & Shamed: Foreign Teacher Who Threw 5 Year-Old in Pool Pays the Price
The foreigner who threw the child is escorted away by police

On July 1st, the Qilu Evening Post reported on a New Zealand man throwing a 5-year-old girl in a swimming pool, a story that has since made significant waves on the Chinese internet. Under the terms of the agreement between the man and the girl's family, the man is to apologize and pay 20,000 RMB in compensation.

Ms. Tian, mother of Dongdong, the thrown girl, spoke to reporters on July 2nd. After the incident, Ms. Tian and the authorities watched the security camera footage, and confirmed that, after Dongdong swam close enough, the man took her and raised her high in the air before throwing her back down into the meter-deep water, causing her to almost hit the floor of the pool. After Dongdong returned to the surface, she was retrieved by a Chinese man. According to Ms. Tian, "She didn't just fly safely from the foreign man to the Chinese man's arms; that's why we're all so upset."

"Money's not the issue; the issue is that the foreign man was being completely inappropriate," Ms. Tian added.

Family seek punishment; compensation deal reached

After the incident, Dongdong's family had difficulties coming to an agreement with the man. According to Ms. Tian, the man and his family repeatedly pleaded with her to take pity on their financial situation: "They said he worked at Shandong Finance and Economics University, only makes 5,000 RMB a month, just had an operation, basically that money was tight. But we didn't budge. The offense wasn't enough to get him arrested, but we just couldn't let him off without some kind of punishment, teaching him some sort of lesson." Eventually the two sides reached an agreement in which the man would pay 20,000 RMB to the family.

According to Ms. Tian, Dongdong's grandmother was shocked and physically distressed by the incident, forcing her to lie down immediately upon returning home. Dongdong was also visibly troubled, refusing to sleep alone: "She curled up with her grandmother, talking and calling out for her mother in her sleep."

"The foreign man's wife wanted to come with her husband to our home and apologize in person, but I was afraid Dongdong and her grandmother would become too upset upon seeing him, so at the time I said no," Ms. Tian told reporters.

Identity of the foreign man revealed

Sources have identified the New Zealand man's Chinese name as Wu Side, a teacher at Shandong Finance and Economics University, whose teaching contract is set to expire in August of this year.

On the afternoon of the 2nd, the director of foreign affairs office at the university told reporters, "Wu Side is in fact employed at the university as a foreign teacher, and we know that he underwent heart surgery in February. Because of his age and his health condition, after much deliberation we'd already decided to cancel his foreign expert permit. Now, considering the incident with the girl, we've decided not to renew his contract."

The university also told reporters that, until his eventual departure, the school will continue to expect him to follow Chinese legal and ethical codes.

Wang Wei, senior attorney for Shandong's Qianshun law firm, told reporters that anyone who breaks the law, be he/she foreign or Chinese, is susceptible to incarceration, fines, and/or education. "However, seeing as the man in question inflicted no harm upon the girl, the situation does not warrant an arrest. The agreement with Wu Side paying compensation to the family is a lawful and reasonable arrangement."

Reporters talked to one of the man's students, Lin, who has taken one of his classes and found him to be very knowledgeable about China, but only an "average" teacher. Lin also said the man, known to students as "Phillips", lives in the same apartment building as students and likes to discuss politics with students in class. "He's active in a lot of administrative groups on campus, so lots of students know him. When we heard the description of the foreign man in the news, we figured it must have been him."


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111 Comments ( Add your comment )


That poor girl. If getting thrown into a pool and suffering absolutely no physical damage is enough to shatter her psychologically just imagine whats going to happen when something bad actually happens to her.

Jul 05, 2012 08:22


I daresay if something bad actually happens to her, her parents will play it up (as they are doing here), and get even more money.

Jul 05, 2012 18:18

Well, I think this is at least the crime of assault so the foreigner should face legal and/or monetary penalties.

I'm more worried about my Chinese friend who was attacked by another Chinese woman and got severe scratches to her face. The police would not even lift a finger to help her.

Jul 07, 2012 04:36

"Well, I think this is at least the crime of assault so the foreigner should face legal and/or monetary penalties. "

You are of course entitled to your opinion, but you should realize that it isn't one shared by the police.

Jul 07, 2012 05:35

"at least the crime of assault." That is a bunch of nonsense!! :( Regarding your friend that received all the facial scratches from the mental case Chinese..NOW THAT'S ASSAULT..I agree with you. * Now, you see how it feels..usually the police here don't care about what happens to a foreign person..i could be attacked by a Chinese citizen and I'm sure that the police would do nothing..just like in the case of your friend! :( I do genuinely feel sorry about what happened to your Chinese friend..that's horrendous! :(

Jul 10, 2012 01:34

Time will tell...

Jul 11, 2012 04:42

There are two sides to every story...

Jul 11, 2012 04:45

The only way to state that something is absolutely evil is to presuppose that there is an objective good.

Jul 11, 2012 05:01

And sometimes two people to one screen name.

Jul 11, 2012 07:15

Or are there Wu Side to every story?

Jul 21, 2014 23:18

Kick that stupid cracker in the jail cell!

Jul 05, 2012 13:07

Hey, why don't you go ef yourself you racist b****??!!! :( Bicha, iEs tan grocero!! :(

Jul 05, 2012 23:00

what? grocery? tu mama est tu madre, Yo mama! how about tu case est mi casa, this cracker ass motherff..

Jul 10, 2012 06:41

People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.

Jul 11, 2012 05:05

"People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones."

What nonsense.

Jul 11, 2012 07:16

May your words smolder inside you and may you be filled with contempt without end.
You’re truly a dull person…

Jul 11, 2012 14:59

reply to joe mama,
Eres una mierda male ducado,poco despreciable! :( Joe mama!

Jul 14, 2012 20:16

Mama, I need a toupe, I'm losing my hair...

Jul 14, 2012 21:21

actually it's gLass houses, not gRass house.

May 06, 2013 08:05
Wise man

It is unwise to comment before hearing the other side of the story.

Jul 05, 2012 14:49

I'm very interested to know why someone would thumbs down the above comment.

Jul 05, 2012 19:09

Because this is a space for commenting. Its just fun to talk sometimes! If you are too worried about being wrong, you'll never be right!

Jul 07, 2012 04:38

There's not enough information here but it looks like the family found a nice way to pick up some extra cash.

I thought foreign teachers were barred from discussing politics?

Jul 05, 2012 14:57

Yes, I have a sneaking suspicion that the girl was having fun before this incident, and then her parents saw an opportunity. Foreigners are a pretty easy target, legally, and it's also very easy for Chinese news "reports" to whip up anti-foreigner hysteria.

Foreign teachers are indeed barred from discussing politics. A fact that has no bearing on this incident, but it was obviously added to make readers boo and hiss at the bad guy.

Jul 05, 2012 18:25

I'm ashamed to be a NewZealander! What a dickhead... No matter what, there's no excuse for what he did. Yes, there are two sides to a story but what could a 5 yr old child have done to deserve to be thrown into a pool? According to our newspaper, she walked past and knocked his leg! Duh!! So what? Get over it!

Jul 05, 2012 17:45
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