Tuesday February 26, 2013
Mother claims daughter deeply traumatised after caning
By NIGEL EDGAR
KUCHING: The headmaster of a primary school here might have landed himself in hot water for caning his Primary Four pupils.
A mother of one of the pupils has lodged a police report against the headmaster.
The pupil’s mother alleged that the headmaster caned her daughter to the point the girl was deeply traumatised, so much so that her nose was bleeding when she arrived home.
“I know teachers need to discipline pupils, but this is too much. The headmaster, who had just been transferred to the school sometime in January this year, is bringing his rotan (cane) around and caning pupils without remorse,” the 42-year-old mother told reporters when met at Gita police station here yesterday.
While waiting for their turn to make their reports, the Primary Four pupil said 41 of her classmates were also caned by the headmaster for allegedly making so much noise while there was no teacher tending to the class then.
“I’m so scared to go back to school,” said the girl who began to cry when reporters asked to see the cane marks on her right hand.
The 10-year-old said the incident began around 10am yesterday.
She said there was no teacher sitting in the class after recess, so they became restless and soon the class turned noisy.
She said apparently, the noise reached the headmaster who probably thought it would be the best time to discipline the whole class, and so started beating everyone of them, including the class monitors.
The mother, meanwhile, said the police report was intended as a lesson for the headmaster to be careful next time when disciplining pupils.
“These pupils are still young. There is no need to be so harsh on them,” said the mother, who is a government servant.
Police are investigating the case.