Teens’ attack on Chinese girl draws comparison to ‘Lord of the Flies’ from judge
Three girls ganged up on Yiran “Camellia” Liu, forcing her to kneel and use her hands to wipe cigarette butts and ice cream smears off the floor. They took her to a nearby park, where they stripped her naked, kicked her with high-heeled shoes, slapped her hundreds of times and burned her nipples with cigarettes. They cut off her hair and made her eat it. Someone snapped cellphone photos of her. A girl named Helen said to the others, “Just slow it down and don’t hit her so hard, and we can do it a longer stretch of time.”
The victim and her alleged attackers were “parachute kids,” part of a new wave of Chinese youngsters who live in Southern California and attend local schools while their parents remain back home. Parachute kids typically stay in private homes in the San Gabriel Valley, paying for room, board, transportation and substitute parenting from their hosts. Most are in high school, though some are younger, studying here to get a jump start on admission to an American college.
LA Times

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