China is investigating the death of a teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in a camp designed to treat Internet addiction, state media said.
Deng Senshan, 15, died Sunday, less than a day after his parents sent him to the camp in southern Guangxi province, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The case has led medical experts to call for laws regulating centers that treat obsessive Web surfing. Concern over such behavior is so widespread in China, and demand for rehabilitation is so great, that some camps now advertise on television, the report said.
Deng was found vomiting and was taken to a clinic where he died. Fellow students said a teacher beat him, Xinhua reported.
The report quoted the local government as saying several marks were found on the boy’s body. It said four trainers from the Qihang Salvation Training Camp in Nanning city have been detained.