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Seeds of discontent

There was an imaginative punishment for students caught eating in class last month, after a teacher at a school in Hunan grew annoyed at his pupils munching on sunflower seeds during lessons.

His response was to buy 50kg of the seeds himself and tell his students that they would be “eating them till they’re fed up”.

Photos of the disciplinary session show the classmates sitting on the floor, chewing through their rations. “Whoever eats the most seeds gets another four bowls,” the teacher told the group, with a twist of dark humour. “This approach is cruel. But the punishment wasn’t too serious and at least there was no corporal punishment,” one of the students told website The Paper.

Most of the classmates managed to eat a couple of kilograms of the seeds before giving up, although one of the pupils did chomp through the full 5kg quota, says China Business View. The teacher was just teaching his class a lesson, another student acknowledged, because there was “no way that everyone could finish all the seeds up.”

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