Teen dies 2 days after being sent to internet addiction camp

A Chinese couple sent their teenage son to an internet addiction treatment camp—and within 48 hours, he was dead.

The young man was brought to the cyber addiction center in Funyang earlier this month for “psychological counseling and physical training,” the BBC reported.

These “boot camps” for internet and gaming addictions have become very popular in China in recent years. However, they have been highly criticized for using harsh military-style discipline on attendees, some even beat patients or use electroshock therapy. But, according to The Telegraph, the Funyang camp says no corporal punishment is used.

Just two days after the teen was dropped off by his mother on Aug. 3, he was rushed to the hospital, where he died. The cause of the teen’s death is not yet known.

His parents say doctors told them their son’s body was covered in more than 20 external injuries and that he also suffered internal injuries. “My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe,” his mother told local media.

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