Target: Minister of Health Chiu Wen-ta
Goal: Punish kindergartens responsible for drugging students to boost attendance
Kindergarteners in three Chinese provinces were accused of drugging their students to boost attendance, without their parents’ knowledge or consent. The schools are based on how many children attend the school, and the drugs were meant to keep the children from getting sick–but many are experiencing side effects like bloody urine, kidney and liver damage, dizziness, headaches, nausea, leg cramps, and genital swelling. China’s ministry of health is quickly investigating this problem and those responsible for this scandal should be thoroughly punished.
The first report of the scandal appeared in the city of Xi’an and quickly escalated. A parent accused the kindergarten of giving the children an antiviral medication, and the outcry spawned questions about other schools. Doctors who examined the students exhibiting stomachaches and night sweats found that they suffered from liver and kidney damage. Authorities found another kindergarten, Fengyun Lanwan Kindergarten, where children had been given moroxydine ABOB, which can cause sweating, loss of appetite and hypoglycemia. This prescription drug is meant to treat the flu and its effects have not been heavily studied. One parent told the Chinese press that the kindergarten told her child not to tell anyone about the pill, “that it was good for him,” and that her son had been taking it for three years.
It’s estimated that about 2,000 children were drugged with prescription medication from their teachers. When parents found out that not only teachers but principals were forcing their children to swallow pills, many of them rallied outside the school and government buildings demanding action. Authorities have already arrested three teachers involved in this incident and are currently investigating where the drugs were obtained from. Sign this petition and demand that those involved in harming children for the sake of profits be punished to the full extent of the law.
Dear Minister of Health Chiu Wen-ta,
It has come to my attention that kindergartens in three provinces of your country have been accused of drugging their students to boost attendance rates. No doubt this plan backfired, as children started exhibiting symptoms from prolonged use of prescription medication. It’s estimated that about 2,000 children were a part of this scheme, with principals backing the plan.
I am writing to demand that these teachers and principals be punished to the full extent of the law. I wouldn’t want my own young family members to endure suffering like this when they are at school, and these school officials violated these children’s rights. I realize that public schools in China are run poorly, but this sort of scheme is appalling and deplorable.
[Your Name Here]
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