An eight-year-old boy in southeastern China ended up in the hospital after being punished for failing to submit his homework on time.
The boy, a third-grader from Chenzhou, Hunan province, received his assignment before the winter holiday with the instruction to deliver it at the start of the new school term.
Unfortunately, the boy did not finish his homework when the new term started on Thursday, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
The news reached and angered his father, who apparently responded with corporal punishment.
The father allegedly made his son kneel before beating him repeatedly.
When the boy’s grandmother intervened, his father only became more furious and started to stab him with a large knife.
The boy ended up with multiple injuries in the head, back and buttocks. He also sustained a severe cut on the leg that measured 10 centimeters (four inches) and went down to the bone, damaging blood vessels and nerves.
“There is a large wound in the boy’s leg that will take at least two weeks to heal,” his attending surgeon said, according to the South China Morning Post. “After he is discharged from hospital, he will need to use a crutch to walk for a few days.”
According to the boy, his father is an irritable man who often beat him. “My dad said that he didn’t want a son like me.”
His grandmother, who also sustained a cut on her hand, was also taken to the hospital after the chaos.
Meanwhile, the boy’s stepmother claimed that he often refuses to do his homework, which enrages his father.
“He was being lazy and didn’t finish his homework assigned for the holidays,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “His father got angry and brought out the knife. The boy got hurt in the struggle.”
However, she added that the boy’s father felt some remorse after realizing what he had just done.
“When his father saw the boy was injured, he felt remorse and immediately took him to the hospital. He was so scared his body was trembling.”
The boy’s father has since been placed under investigation. However, it’s unclear if he will face any liability for causing harm to his own son.