The Death of the Internet Addict Youth Deng Senshan. By Dan Chongshan. August 14, 2009. It was late night on August 2nd. Deng Senshan laid in the refrigerated casket still wearing the camouflage uniform issued by the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp. The marks on his body showed that this 15-year-old boy was subjected to inhumane treatment while he was alive: his arms and upper torso were covered with wound marks, his eyes were swollen and his face was covered with dried blood stains. Deng Fei stood by his son while crying his heart out. He was very sorry: "We sent him over there to quit his addiction to the Internet. We never imagined that we were sending our son to the guillotine!" Deng Senshan's uncle Li Jian took final photos of the young man as tears came out of his eyes. On the afternoon of August 1st, Deng Fei took his son Deng Senshan to the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp located in Wuxu town, Nanning city. As he walked out of the iron gate, he expected to see a brand new son one month later. At 7am on August 2nd, he got news that his son was dead. It had been only 14 hours since Deng Senshan went into the training camp. In Deng Fei's eyes, his son only had a minor problem of Internet addiction. In the third year of elementary school, Deng Senshan became obsessed with online games. It did not matter what the family members told him. So Deng Fei had to buy a home computer. At the same time, his scholastic results began to deteriorate. In July this year, Deng Senshan graduated from elementary school. On a general variety program on Guangxi TV, Deng Fei saw the television advertisement from the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp. "The children changed remarkably after being sent there." Deng Fei thought that his son was an Internet addict too. So he decided to send him there. When the family left their home in Ziyuan county, Deng Senshan thought that they were only traveling on vacation. In Beihai, Deng Senshan took a swim and even rescued a woman who was being dragged into the ocean by the riptide. At around 1pm on August 1, the family reached the training camp. Deng Fei found that it was not a large place. There was a three-storey teaching building with steel bars on the windows and verandahs. There was also a small exercise area which was surrounded by a 4-meter-tall iron fence. The students there seemed to have all been trained to be well-mannered as they greeted visitors. This met Deng Fei's expectations. So Deng Fei quickly paid the 7,000 RMB tuition for one month. He also signed the agreement to appoint the camp to "instruct and train." As the father left, Deng Senshan did not get to bid farewell to his family. He had been dragged by the instructor into the confinement cell. Xiao Wei had gone there more than a month ago. So he was used to seeing this kind of scene. This was the "compulsory course" for every new student. Usually, they are forced to stand two days and one night in the detention cell with no food or sleep. During that time, they are only allowed several half-hours of rest and water break. If they refuse to obey, the instructor will extend the period of confinement. The sound of Deng Senshan being assaulted was clearly audible to Xiao Wei who was standing outside the confinement cell. About ten minutes or so later, a veteran student "rushed to get a mop." He said, "His head is bleeding. The blood has to wiped off the floor." The sound of Deng Senshan being beaten and his groans reached Xiao Wei's ears on and off. The next time that Xiao Wei saw Deng Senshan was after dinner. They were having a group birthday party and Deng Senshan was allowed to participate. Deng Senshan was still wearing the clothes that he had on when he came. The front chest was covered with blood. He was told to put on the camouflage uniform. Xiao Ding remembered that Deng Senshan looked well enough and joined the others in the rabbit dance. The party was over by around 9pm. The other students bathed and got ready to sleep. Deng Senshan and three other students were told to continue with physical exercises. He had to run 100 laps around the exercise field which is a bit larger than two basketball courts. Deng Senshan was 165cm tall and weighed 65 kilograms. He was unable to run anymore after about 30 laps, and he collapsed underneath the basketball stand. The instructor hauled him over to the flag stand and began beating him. The security guard Lao Zhao witnessed the scene through the wired window of his duty room. Then Deng Senshan began to run again. But he stopped again soon. The instructor hit him first with the wood stick stripped from a wooden chair. Then he hit with him with the plastic chair. Both chairs got broken. Because of the pain, Deng Senshan used his hands to cover himself. The instructor kicked him down on the ground. Deng Senshan got up and continued running again. Very quickly he collapsed again. The instructor ordered the students to take him to the bathroom and washed him with cold water. He was then taken back to the dormitory. Lao Li said that it was the deputy chief instructor who assaulted Deng Senshan. Two other students held his hands and feet down. "If you refuse to help when ordered, you will be beaten," said Lao Li. Another student Xiao Li saw Deng Senshan in front of the dormitory. "He was lying on the ground crying all the time." Xiao Wei observed that Deng Senshan was foaming in the mouth. It was around midnight on August 2nd. "Suddenly he sat up and began screaming 'The bomb is going to go off' and 'People are being killed' and stuff like that," Xiao Wei recalled. "The instructor came in a couple of times. Then I heard a loud bang. I don't know if the instructor hit him or the bed. He took Deng Senshan's temperature and said that it was 40 degrees centigrade." Xiao Li did not dare to open his eyes, but he heard Deng Senshan crying incessantly. "As he was taken away, he grabbed my leg. I could sense that he was trembling." At 3am, Deng Senshan was taken to the health clinic in Wuyu county. Ten minutes later, Deng Senshan stopped breathing. His heart beat stopped next. The doctor on duty Wu Qiarong said, "We tried to resuscitate him for another 30 minutes. At 3:40am, we formally pronounced him dead." "Let the parents worry less, let the children be happier!" These were the words printed on the promotional material from the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp. Xiao Wei's father kept this promotional page. After he heard that something happened with a student there, he went over there immediately to take his son away. In a hotel in Nanning, Xiao Wei stood up at attention when he saw the reporter. For the next forty minutes or so, he maintained an upright posture with his hands on his knees. HIs father said that Xiao Wei used to be very lively. "When we went in, we were all made to stand in the confinement cell. On the first day, I stood from noon on the first day to the evening of the second day. I was given no food. I was allowed to rest a little in between. I supposed that I stood relatively less than others." Xiao Wei said. Xiao Ding was not as lucky when he entered the training camp on June 30. He stood for four days and three nights with only one bun to eat. "If you don't stand properly, you will be beaten," said Xiao Li. "Usually, they beat you with their fists or bamboo strips about two fingers wide. They sometimes also use broomsticks and chair/table legs. Sometimes the instructors pick up the students and throw them into the ground." After Xiao Ding finished with standing in the confinement cell, he had edema in his legs and face. Then he experienced stomach problems. "I vomited as soon as I finish eating." These symptoms continued until July 15 when the training camp people sent him to hospital for treatment. His parents had been totally unaware -- after parents sent their children into the training camp, they can only learn about the status of their children through the instructors and teachers. As of August 2nd, the police has seized control of the training camp. The parents saw that some of the buttock wounds of their children are festering, even emitting foul odors. But not every student carried body wounds. "I am relatively smart. I did not whatever I was told. Therefore, I was beaten less often." A male student who was just being taken out to go home told the reporter. On August 5th, some of the students had been taken away by their parents. Those students still left in camp wrote down the telephone numbers of their families and tossed them out of the windows to the people outside. Some even drew the maps and routes to their homes. According to the local Nanning police and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp is a joint venture by the Guangdong Panyu Encouragement Sports Activity Planning Service Department and the Guangxi Electronic Technology School. But it was not registered locally. Apart from offering the grounds, the Guangxi Electronic Technology School was also qualified to recruit because it was a public school that was completely subsidized by the state. In the joint venture agreement, it was stated that the joint venture was valid for two years. Each year, the Guangxi Electronic Technology School was to received 120,000 yuan in management fees, plus a share of the profits. Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp principal Xia Zheng and 12 other persons have been detained. According to Xia Zheng, the training camp moved on May 16th from Zhanjiang (Guangdong) to Nanning with 60 students. In Nanning, they recruited another 128 students. At the time of the incident, 66 students have graduated. According to a Southern Metropolis Daily report, many students at the Encouragement and Set Sail Rescue training camps in Guangzhou also claimed to have been beaten by their instructors. This created certain difficulties for administration. The Nanning Department of Education deputy director Liu Biao and Nanning city Department of Industry and Commercial Regulatory Section director Zheng Long both said that it is hard to classify these Internet addiction healing centers under the existing regulations. They are waiting for more concrete documents from their superiors. The ambiguity of the administration is one reason why the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp can exist illegally for two and a half months. The fee was not cheap here. 7,000 yuan for a month. 12,000 yuan for two months. 15,000 yuan for three months. Many parents told the reporter that they sent their children here after watching the television ads on the Guangxi Variety Channel. According to the classification by China Youth Political Institute Department of Law instructor Wang Xin, the principal ways in China to cure Internet addiction are: quality education; psychiatrists; training camps; etc. The television ads that they parents are talking about usually appear during the regular program <The Frontline Tonight>. In the agreement with the Panyu Sports Activities Planning Services Department with the television program group, it was stated clearly: "Each program shall be about 15 minutes of so and the advertising fee is 140,000 yuan." These films usually start with the bad things done by young Internet addicts and end with their being reformed after attending the training camp. "These were all people that they selected from the training camp to make the films." Xiao Wei said. This was not the first time that Set Sail Rescue Training Camp has worked with a television station in this manner. Last summer, the program <Love On A String> on Nanfang TV (Guangdong) also broadcast such special films featuring the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp. The television stations are just one link in the interest chain around Internet addiction. Many more people share the business. If you search for "Internet addiction" on Baidu, the first ten results are for Internet addiction healing organizations. Huazhong Normal University special professor Tao Hongkai is the representative of the quality education school. China Youth Psychological Development Base director Tao Ran is the representative of the psychiatrist school. They have both emphasized the dangers of "Internet addiction" to the media. But Tao Hongkai and Tao Ran are both contemptuous of each other's theories. "Tao Ran is talking nonsense," said Tao Hongkai about Tao Ran. "He is not a doctor so what is he doing here?" Tao Ran gave this assessment of Tao Hongkai. On May 16, Southern Daily carried a report with the title <450,000 young people need to be cured of Internet addiction in Guangdong province." Tao Hongkai and Tao Ran do not consider this figure to be exaggerated. "The estimate for China by the China Youth Internet Association is 10 million, so it is very normal to have 450,000 in Guangdong." Tao Ran said that this is a huge market. Early in 2007, Wang Xin stated in his thesis "Study of the Legality of Corrective Procedures for Internet Addiction among Youth" that the popularization of the concept of Internet addiction has brought in a whole list of legal issues. He believed that the notion of "Internet addiction" is a dangerous, controversial concept, which is presently defined subjectively by the current standards. Tao Ran admitted that many of his patients were deceived by their parents to come to him. The camps in Guangzhou and Nanning even offered car services to bring people in -- they used forceful methods to take the children into the training camps. On August 7th, the Naning government told the media that the public security bureau has formally arrested the thirteen suspected criminals on charges of "intentionally causing injury" and "illegal operation." Deng Senshan's family is still trying to get an explanation. Deng Fei is very rueful. "In the car, he kept telling me, 'Dad, let's go home. Dad, let's go home.' In retrospect, a person can feel it." The business around "Internet addiction" has created livelihoods for many people, but it also drowned this young man. At 710 am on the morning of August 2, Deng Fei was about to get out of bed in his Ziyuan home when he suddenly received a call from the militia police in Wuyu town, Nanning city. They told him that his son Deng Senshan who was undergoing training at the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp was in trouble. Deng Fei immediately called the instructor named wang at the training camp. Wang hemmed and hawed for a while before saying: "Your son is dead." When Deng Fei heard that, he was thunderstruck. Deng Fei is a worker at a supply and marketing cooperative in Ziyuan county. When the cooperative was re-structured, they were let go. Deng Fei became an entrepreneur while his wife became a housewife who looked after their son and daughter. 16-year-old Deng Senshan liked to swim. When the weather got hot, he would jumped into the nearby river and swim for the entire afternoon. Because he liked to exercise, he has solid muscles. Apart from vaccine shots, he seldom needed shots or medicine on account of illness. Deng Senshan's school grades had been okay. From elementary school through second year in junior middle school, he was among the top ten students in class. Because he was gentle and active in sports, he was a lively person that his classmates and teachers all liked. But when he got into the third year of junior middle school, he became addicted to the Internet. He hung around in Internet cafes, often skipping meals. The parents got concerned when they saw their son's grades deteriorating and his physical condition deteriorating. The parents spoke to Deng Senshan, but he just refuse to listen and continued with his online games. In late July, Deng Senshan accidentally came across a television advertisement about the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp. The advertisement claimed that the camping camp can eliminate all sorts of harmful behavior in children through appropriate physical training and psychological counseling. Given that the effects described on the television advertisement were so good, Deng Fei thought that his son should undergo training in order to prepare himself for the upcoming senior middle school year to start in Setpember. On the morning of July 31, Deng Fei told his son that the family was going to swim at the Beihai beach. At the time, it was ebb tide and a woman wearing a buoy was dragged out to sea farther and farther. She cried for help. Deng Fei spotted her and jumped into the sea to help her. By the time that the life guards came in their boat, Deng Senshan had pulled the woman back to shore. The life guards asked him if he needed help, he even said, "I'm okay." At around 1pm on August 1, the family arrived in Nanning. Deng Fei then told his son about sending him to the training school. Deng Senshan was silent when he heard that. At the time, the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp school vehicle came over to pick up Deng Senshan. Deng Fei told his son: "Let us go to the school to take a look first. If it is truly unacceptable, we can discuss." So Deng Senshan got into the car reluctantly and provided to the Set Sail Rescue Training Camp that was located inside the campus of the Guangxi Electronic Technology School in the Mingyang industrial park of Wuyu town. In the dormitory area, the children were dressed in camouflage uniforms and resting. When they saw the instructor bringing in the Deng family, they saluted them. Although Deng Senshan did not want to stay there, he consented reluctantly in order not to disappoint his parents. The parents then paid 7,000 yuan for tuition and signed the agreement form provided by the school. Before they left, the workers promised repeatedly that the child will be given a couple of days to familiarize himself with the environment without any physical training or punishment yet. The training would begin only after he has adjusted. When Deng Fei's wife left the school to return to Guilin, she even called the office to see if her son would be subjected to physical punishment. The worker reassured her repeatedly that they do not beat children and therefore the parents should have no worries. On the morning of August 2, Deng Fei rushed over to Nanning with his family after receiving the news of his son's death. The formerly lively child now laid silently in a Nanning funeral parlor. The blood-covered and bruise-covered Deng Senshan could not longer hear the loud cries of his parents. On the afternoon of August 3, Deng Fei met with a reportter at a hotel on Mingxiu Road. When he spoke about the accomplishments of his beloved son at home and school, he was filled with pride. His wife sat on the side with a devastated look and tears on her face. When she spoke, her voice was husky as if she had to squeeze the words out one at a time. Other family members advised her to rest in another room. As she got up, her weakened body was unsteady and she almost fell. She had to hold on to the wall to walk. Deng Fei's younger brother said that the two had not eaten for two days. According to the medical record at the health clinic in Wuyu town, the patient was sent there at 3am on early morning August 2,. He "had been vomiting and sweating profusely for three hours; his limbs were twitching; his eyes were turned upwards; his breathing was impeded." The doctor took these measurements: 38.2 degrees body temperature; heartbeat not detected; body turning dark; iris dilated to 4.0 mm; no reaction to light; low breathing. The health clinic deputy director who tried to save him said that the child was expired after more than 10 minutes of resuscitation. "The child suffered too much." This deputy director told Deng Fei who came to understand the situation. On that evening, the reporter contacted instructor Wang whom Deng Fei knew. Instructor Wang said over the telephone: "This is a sensitive case. I cannot say anything without the approval of the leaders. Please understand." Then he hung up the telephone. The reporter called the principal named Xia at the Nanning Set Sail Rescue Training Camp, but he was unable to get through. According to information, the four persons involved in the case have been detained by the police. At about 9am that evening, the Naning city Jiangnan police station criminal investigation squad captain named Yuan told the reporter that the case is under investigation and therefore it is inappropriate to discuss the details at this time.
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