Two Chinese kids suffocated to death
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 13:17
Beijing: Two kindergarten children were suffocated to death in China after they were inadvertently left inside the school bus for several hours, prompting authorities to overhaul safety measures.

A three-year-old boy attending Boai Bilingual Kindergarten in Sanya City in Hainan province was found dead inside his kindergarten's shuttle bus on August 29.

The boy remained locked up inside the bus for more than seven hours as his teacher failed to double check the bus. Three days later, a five-year-old girl from the Aixin Kindergarten in Haikou, capital of Hainan Province, was found dead under similar circumstances.

The two deaths within one week have triggered concerns over the safety of children in kindergartens, as such cases have been reported from time to time.

A police investigation into the Hainan cases showed that neither of the two kindergartens were officially registered and therefore, not qualified to operate legally.

Following the incident, the Hainan Provincial Education Bureau issued an emergency circular asking all kindergartens, as well as primary and middle schools in the province, double check and confirm that no students remain on buses after commuting.

Authorities in south Hainan Province have intensified inspections and the overhaul of kindergartens after two kids suffocated to death inside shuttle buses last week.


First Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 13:17

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