A Chinese teen died within 48 hours of being sent to an internet addiction camp, according to his family.
The boy’s parents dropped him off at the cyber addiction center in Funyang earlier this month for “psychological counseling and physical training,” the BBC reported.
Within two days, his mom learned that the 18-year-old had been rushed to the hospital, where he later died. The cause of the teen’s death is not known.
Doctors told the family said that the teen had suffered more than 20 external injuries.
“My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe,” his mom told local newspaper Anhui Shangbao. “When I sent my son to the center he was still fine, how could he have died within 48 hours?”
Internet addiction treatment centers in China have come under fire for their harsh practices, but parents continue to send their kids to them, according to the BBC.
“The parents are also acting in response to a very real fear that the only child’s successful future may never be realised because they refuse to stop gaming and start studying,” said Trent Bax, a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea.
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