A 10-year-old boy leapt 30 floors to his death after a teacher told him to jump because he failed to write a letter of apology for talking in class.
The Chinese youngster, named as Jun Jun, had been told to write a 1,000-character apology by his teacher, Miss Chen, the Hindustan Times reported.
But when he failed to complete the task, the teacher told him to jump from the 30th floor of the building, according to neighbours.
The child smashed into a parked car beneath the flat where his family live in Jinjiang district.
The boy's distraught parents have now launched a campaign against the extreme pressure put on Chinese students.
"Teacher, I can't do it," was found written in one of his textbooks.
His relatives have posted a banner outside the school in the southwestern city of Chengdu saying: "The teacher forced our kid to jump off the building."
The boy's school said that the child and some of his classmates had been ordered to write reviews of their behaviour after they disturbed a speaking competition.
He died 'by accident', it said. Police are investigating the tragedy.