08:37 GMT16 June 2021
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    Chinese police have launched an inquiry into all the educational facilities for children in the capital's Chaoyang district following allegations of teacher misconduct.

    Two women allegedly involved in abusive practices against pupils at a Beijing kindergarten have been detained, police said Saturday.

    One of the women, a 22-year-old teacher surnamed Liu, allegedly involved in misconduct against children, was detained on Saturday, according to AFP.

    Another woman, a 31-year-old Beijing native, had been detained on Thursday over "using the internet to fabricate and disseminate fake news" on the child abuse issue.

    Following a scandal that broke out this week, Beijing authorities have called on RYB Education Inc. to remove the head of its kindergarten where incidents of teacher misconduct against kids took place, state media Xinhua reported on Saturday, citing a Chaoyang district spokesperson.

    READ MORE: Scandal Breaks Out in US-Listed Education Company Amid Child Abuse Claims

    The move came after several parents accused the educational facility's staff of molesting their kids earlier this week.

    They alleged to have discovered needle marks on their kids' bodies. Some children also reportedly told their parents that they were pierced by syringes with a brown liquid, given unknown pills by their teachers or "made to stand naked."

    RYB's US-listed shares dropped 38.4 percent on Friday after the incidents caused public outcry.

    The investigation is underway.

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