A video showing a teenage boy attacking his mother in an alley has sparked an outcry in China.
Reports have suggested that the boy, 14, became angry after being rejected pocket money worth a few yuan (less than £1) by her mother, who was said to be mentally ill.
Shocked by the violence, the Chinese public condemned the schoolboy and tried to track him down.
The boy’s school said he had been suffering from psychological problems due to his mother’s illness, and the teachers have been giving him counselling.
Mobile phone footage shows a 14-year-old boy attacking is mother in a back alley (left). He then starts to beat her up and pushes her up against a wall (right)
Mobile phone footage posted on Beijing News captured the moment of the recent attack.
The incident reportedly took place in a back alley of Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province.
The 14-year-old boy, who was wearing school uniform, can be seen pushing his mother against a wall and charging a bicycle towards her closely.
Guangzhou Daily reported that the mother had language and speech disorders and walking on cranes.
The report said two years ago she developed Schizophrenia, a mental disorder that could prevent people from distinguishing their own ideas and thoughts from reality.
It’s said that the mother started to follow her son around in 2015.
A local charity group told the reporters that the 14-year-old boy has been living with his mother after his father died in an accident in 2008.
He started scolding and beating his mother shortly as he thought ‘it’s embarrassing to have a mother who follows me around’.
The mother, reportedly suffering from Schizophrenia, is crying loudly in pain as her son attacks her with the bicycle. She fails to fight back as the boy attacks her in a back alley
It’s reported that the boy asked his mother for pocket money but got rejected (left). He became upset and started attacking his mother by kicking and beating (right)
The mother explained to the volunteers that she got beaten up for not giving her son pocket money.
Teachers from the boy’s school told Guangzhou Daily that they have been offering counselling session to him but it was not effective.
The clip has caused an outcry in social media platform. Web users from Weibo, similar to Twitter, searched for the boy’s identity and even found his home address.
It’s reported that there were people gathering outside his house at 11pm on November 25.
They also found out his school and private messages within his friends.
His school teacher said the 14-year-old was too scared to go back home and is now staying at school after class.
Teachers have contacted the local education department to seek help for the boy and the mother.
They are also looking for communities or organisations to provide any needed aids to the family.