09:15 GMT16 June 2021
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    A firm that runs a kindergarten network which has spread throughout China has promised a 'zero-tolerance' policy following recent claims about serious teacher misconduct in one of its facilities.

    A Chinese kindergarten has become the epicenter of a child abuse scandal that has deeply shocked Chinese residents and caused public outrage, media reported.

    Some teachers working in the preschool educational facility in Chaoyang district in Beijing, have been suspended, while the police have launched an investigation into the issue.

    The move came after several parents accused the school staff of molesting their children earlier this week.

    They also claimed that they had found needle marks on their kids' bodies. Some children also reportedly confessed to their parents that they were injected with a brown liquid by a teacher, given strange pills or "made to stand naked."

    All of them were reportedly told by the teachers to keep the abusive incidents a secret. The claims concern at least eight children in two classes.

    The preschool education facility is run by RYB Education, a New York-listed company, which apologized to the parents and promised "a zero tolerance" approach following the incident.

    The firm had already made the headlines in April after a kid was hit and pushed by a teacher at another kindergarten in Beijing.

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