Cruel Sum­mer

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Eight-year-old twins from Bei­jing drowned dur­ing a sea­side va­ca­tion in Qing­dao, Shan­dong Prov­ince while their mother was dis­tracted by her cell­phone. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the girls were taken to the beach by their mother on Au­gust 5, and while she was check­ing her phone, she lost sight of her daugh­ters. Many ne­ti­zens at­trib­uted the tragedy to the moth­ers' fail­ure to care for her daugh­ters, though oth­ers found it too cruel to pile blame on to the in­con­solable mother. This sum­mer, many chil­dren have lost their lives due to their par­ents' care­less­ness – in­ci­dents in­clude chil­dren be­ing for­got­ten in locked cars, drowned in bod­ies of wa­ter where there was no su­per­vi­sion, or be­ing in­volved in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents while un­su­per­vised by their par­ents. Some peo­ple have called for leg­is­la­tion to pe­nal­ize par­ents who fail in their duty to pro­tect their chil­dren.

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