Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
What if your child was—literally—too big to attend school?
A 3-year-old boy in the Guangzhou region of southern China was banned from the preschool he was attending for being a “health hazard” to other children. Despite being named Xiao Hao (“xiao” means “small” in Mandarin Chinese), there is nothing small about the boy—he weighs a whopping 140 lbs., nearly five times more than the average preschooler, making him the tallest and heaviest kid in his class and in the world.
Xiao Hao’s parents were able to find another preschool willing to let their son attend. They are also seeking medical help for their son to maintain good physical and heart health. Some doctors believe Xiao Hao may have a growth hormone disorder that is causing him to increase at an unusual rate. Others believe he is the sad result of “Little Emperor Syndrome,” when parents and relatives overindulge their kids as a result of China’s one-child policy.
Do you think it was right for the school to ban Xiao Hao? Would you let your child attend school with him?
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