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Chinese students (and a Dad) face serious charges in alleged attack

Moderator:  It is only a matter of time before a prosecutor tacks on “torture” to hazing charges.



A group of Chinese study-abroad students in Los Angeles, California, are standing trial for allegedly kidnapping and torturing a fellow student, the Beijing News reported on June 12, 2015.

Zhai Yunyao, Zhang Xinlei and Yang Yuhan–all whom were born in 1996–along with three other minors, are accused of abducting and torturing fellow study-abroad student, surnamed Liu, on March 30 in the Rowland Heights area of LA. Four others suspected of taking part in the criminal act are still at large.

According to Liu’s statement to police, given on June 3, she was lured by a primary-school peer to “discuss something.” Liu was then reportedly forced into a car and taken to a nearby park.

There, Liu said she was beaten by a group of girls and stripped naked by Yang Yuhan. Liu’s nipples were then burned with lit cigarettes. Liu recalled that one girl tried to set her hair on fire, but it wouldn’t ignite because the girls doused Liu repeatedly with cold water.

The girls then cut Liu’s hair off and forced her to eat the hair. She was then forced to the ground and made to eat sand. Liu said one of the girls was capturing the assault on a mobile phone.

The torturing lasted five hours; the assault left Liu seriously injured.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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