A special education center in Bac Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has been temporarily shut down following the circulation of a video on social media showing two staffers at the center physically restraining a boy and pinching his nose to force him to eat.
The video, which has gone viral on social media since Monday afternoon, has sparked public concerns.
The video shows a person holding the boy’s hands and pinching his nose, while the remainder sat on his legs to spoon-feed him, ignoring the boy crying.
The case occurred at Tam An Special Education Center in Dinh Bang Ward, Tu Son City, Bac Ninh Province.
Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dinh Bang Ward led an inspection team to the center to clarify the case but the owner of the center was absent.
At the center, Nguyen Thi N., who sat on the legs of the boy, named V.H.D., declared that the case happened in November last year.
N. added that G., the manager of the special education center, assigned her and C., a former staffer at the center, to take care of D. and feed him.
Through a phone call, the inspection team asked Duong Thi S., the center owner, to work with it on Tuesday morning. Vi Van B., the father of D., also attended the meeting.
Vi Van B. affirmed that the boy in the video is his son, V.H.D., born in 2019. The boy, who is autistic and suffers from speech delay and loss of appetite, has been taken to Tam An Special Education Center since June last year.
B. added that D. has not been frightened when being picked up from the center. After studying at the center, he has shown positive improvement, especially showing affection to his parents.
B. was angry that his son’s image was uploaded to social media but he did not require holding Nguyen Thi N. responsible for her act.
At the meeting, the People’s Committee of Dinh Bang Ward requested S. to suspend the education of special children at two campuses of her center in Dinh Bang Ward, send a report on the case to the ward and relevant agencies prior to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, and coordinate with the relevant agencies to deal with the incident.
The People’s Committee of Dinh Bang Ward also suggested the Tu Son City People’s Committee impose heavy sanctions on those involved in the case in line with the law.