Teen hacks off hand to ‘cure’ internet addiction

“We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy,” his mother told reporters, according to the Telegraph.

One of his teachers blamed his actions on an Internet addiction that made him “impetuous.”

There are about 24 million young Web addicts in China, where there are some 649 million Internet users. Many seek treatment at clinics and military-style “boot camps.”