Parents allege children were drugged and molested at Chinese kindergarten

This general view shows the RYB Education New World kindergarten in Beijing on November 24, 2017.

Story highlights

  • Parents found needle marks on their children's bodies, claim they were molested
  • Online reaction in China has been furious, despite attempts by censors to calm it

Beijing, China (CNN)A scandal of alleged child abuse at a Chinese kindergarten has rocked the country, prompting public outrage, parental soul-searching, government pledges and online censorship.

State-run Xinhua news agency reported that police have opened an investigation into RYB Xintiandi, a private kindergarten in Beijing, after numerous parents accused the school of drugging and molesting their children. Beijing's education authority confirmed the police investigation in a statement.
According to one parent - in a video posted on Weibo -- China's equivalent of Twitter -- at least eight parents told police that their young children had been drugged and molested, while attending the school.