Money-Grubbing Chinese Schools Were Feeding Kids Drugs Without Parents Knowing

China starts Drug testing School Children Millions of Chinese children are going to be drug tested because it’s been discovered that teachers have been feeding the students antiviral drugs in hopes to stave off sickness. I can’t even imagine what parents are going through, but it’s been reported some of those  that those who gathered in groups to voice their displeasure with this whole nightmare have been thrown in jail by the police for three days because they caused a disturbance. The heads of the kindergartens have been arrested, and all the staff has been replaced. They have started drug testing the kids, and at least 65 of over 390 children had “abnormal results.”

The kids started complaining about head and stomachaches. From The Telegraph:

Parents only discovered what was going on at the Feng Yun kindergarten in Xi’an when a child told his mother at the beginning of March that he would “never get sick again” because he had been “taking medicine”. When pressed, the boy said his teachers had given him a “bitter tablet that took a long time to swallow”.


So over the past two weeks, three primary schools in two provinces were found to be secretly feeding their students a prescription drug called moroxydine hydrochloride, which is an antiviral drug that is said to protect against the flu. The reason the kindergartens did this is because they are paid only for the days that pupils attend and wanted to make sure they didn’t miss out on any income.

I’m going to be following this story and updating as needed because I can’t even imagine what these poor parents are going through. To trust a school to educate your child only to discover they have been given drugs without your permission, drugs that may make them sick? The amount of corruption here is unbelievable. The government has promised a thorough investigation of every school in China. Here’s hoping that all of the kids are okay. Unbelievable.

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  • Kay_Sue

    Whoa. When I read the headline, my first thought was, “Well, with all these elementary school drug problems…” and then, after reading the post, was, “This is a fucked up world.” It really is.

    • Eve Vawter

      I tried to clarify, any better?

    • Kay_Sue

      Much better. Although the thought about the fucked up world…I don’t think there’s anything you can do about that.

      Although, if there is, it’d be appreciated.

  • Natasha B

    Wait, so the concerned parents were thrown in jail for being CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDRENS WELL BEING? No words. How the hell is this possible.

    • Alicia Kiner

      best guess would be rioting, but still. You’d better believe I’d be causing one hell of a disturbance is some teacher forced my kids to take medicine without my knowledge.

    • Robotic Socks

      It’s China, DUH!

    • Natasha B


  • Alex Lee

    Step 1: Give students antiviral drugs for better attendance and better pay
    Step 2: Students develop negative side-effects and attendance goes down
    Step 3: Get arrested and lose teaching job
    Step 4: ???
    Step 5: Profit!

    I need an “Orange is the New Black” episode where this teacher is thrown into the same cell as the outraged mom.

  • Alicia Kiner

    If they were actually just trying to keep the kids from getting sick, this wouldn’t be so bad. But they just wanted to make money. And there are WAY better methods. Teach them how to not spread germs! And giving children meds without parent permission or doctor supervision, wow! You don’t know if there are allergies, talk about dangerous. This was a stupid, stupid idea. Could you imagine the lawsuits and public flogging if this happened here?

  • pixie

    I think what needs to be remembered – and not that it makes any of this excusable – is that this occurred in China. The general public doesn’t have a lot of the same freedoms as we do. Don’t like the government and hold a protest? Get thrown in jail. Cause even a bit of disturbance? Get thrown in jail. It’s good that the parents are concerned about their children, but how many of them aren’t speaking out for fear of going to jail?

    I also tried looking up how much an average teacher makes in China and found it difficult to get a concrete answer, though it seems that those who teach older children get paid more. Perhaps they were desperate for money and felt they had no other option. It’s still completely wrong, but I don’t want to be too quick to judge the teachers when I know very little about their state of affairs. I’m also curious as to whether the government really will conduct an investigation of every school in China. There’s a lot more that’s corrupt in China than just these schools.

    Again, it’s wrong that they fed the young children the medication, I’m not arguing that.

    • Jessifer

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. What they did is wrong, but to accuse them of being “money-grubbers”, I don’t exactly agree with. You cannot look at this situation with North American lenses because these people live under conditions that most of us cannot even fathom. I know, because my husband was born and raised in Cuba and it’s taken me years to understand that when you live in such poverty (those inland Chinese provinces are generally quite poor), inequality, and under that sort of tight government control, the lines between good/bad and right/wrong tend to get blurred. You steal from your employer, you smuggle supplies out of the office, you engage in blackmarket activity, you might even rip off a few people… you do what you need to do to put food on the table and keep your head above water. And it’s not the people (i.e. teachers) who are bad, it’s their government who is ultimately to blame. For example, why are they only paying those poor teachers for the days that the children show up? If the children are sick, or their parents don’t send them to school, how is that the teachers’ fault? They are doing their jobs just like everyone else – they have spouses, children, and even parents they support economically, and they all need to eat and have clothes on their back. In their minds, they probably saw the administering of the drug as a win-win situation because they’d get their full salaries and the children wouldn’t suffer from the flu. Again, not saying it’s right, I’m just explaining that unless you are in a similar position, you don’t know what you would do.

    • pixie

      Yeah, and the saddest thing is, is most of them are probably good people. I know there was a ton of good locals when I visited Cuba, but with the amount of poverty they live in (though they get excellent education and health care, from my understanding) I really wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them do some pretty shady things that could get them in a lot of trouble in order to put food on the table.

    • Natasha B

      My husband is Vietnamese, and had visited family in Vietnam several times. It is, different. Lying and stealing (from your own family) is socially acceptable, if it puts food in your kids mouths.

    • Natasha B

      I was thinking this also, that no matter how much is wrong in ‘Merica, and there’s a LOT, I would still rather raise my kids here.

  • Mikster

    Not surprised. It’s CHINA.

  • Robotic Socks

    …they are paid only for the days that pupils attend…

    Same policy as American public schools… (sigh…)