Beijing : Chinese police have launched an investigation into alleged child abuse at a Beijing pre-school after parents found apparent needle marks on toddlers, sparking new outrage days after a scandal at another daycare.

Distraught and angry parents also reported that children were given unidentified pills at the RYB Education New World kindergarten, run by a company that started trading on the New York stock exchange in September.

The Chaoyang district government said police opened an investigation after parents called the authorities on Wednesday to report the suspected abuse, reports AFP.

Authorities declined to provide more details about the allegations. RYB apologised to parents and said it was cooperating with the police investigation. “We are currently working with the police to provide relevant surveillance materials and equipment. The teachers in question have been suspended,” the company said in a statement on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. Furious parents gathered outside the school on Thursday, according to footage from state television network CCTV. CCTV showed images of apparent needle marks on some children.

The magazine Caixin said eight children had such marks and that the incidents occurred in two classes with children aged between two and six.

“I asked my child after I heard what other parents said and my child said that they had taken two white pills after lunch, and slept after eating the pills,” one father told CCTV. RYB Education directly operates 80 kindergartens and franchised another 175 in 130 cities across China for children ranging from newborns to six-year-olds, according to its Nasdaq listing.

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