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Probe on teacher who beat student with a shoe

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 19/6/2017 Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar

G-Manivannan © Provided by MToday News Sdn Bhd G-Manivannan SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Education Department has set up a special committee to investigate a school discipline teacher who allegedly beat a form two student with a shoe.

The teacher reportedly told the boy’s parents that he was “stressed out” and “lost control” during the incident at Sekolah Menengah Tengku Idris Shah, Kapar, said Kapar MP G Manivannan.

He said this to reporters outside the Selangor Education Department’s office here today after accompanying the student, Alex Danial Thivyanathan, and his family to hand in a memorandum on the matter.

“The family is satisfied with the steps taken by the department but I want to point out that these are all procedural steps. What truly matters is the final decision on the case after the investigation,” Manivannan said.

Apart from the committee, the state education department also transferred the discipline teacher to the department’s office in Klang where he has been assigned paperwork until the investigations are completed.

“We wanted the teacher to be suspended but it’s good enough that he has been sent away from the school and students so that investigations can be carried out transparently,” Manivannan said.

According to him, the incident occurred last Tuesday at about 5.30pm when Alex was walking along a corridor on the ground floor, heading for home.

“Some students on a higher floor were playing with a shoe when it fell in front of Alex.

“The group of students asked Alex to throw the shoe back to them and he was about to do so when the discipline teacher snatched the shoe from Alex’s hands and hit him with the shoe five times.

“Only after hitting Alex with the shoe did the teacher question Alex as to who the shoe belonged to and who was playing with the shoe.”

Manivannan said the discipline teacher then took Alex and the other boys into the disciplinary room where he recorded the incident and the boys’ names, but excluded Alex’s name.

Alex told his parents about the incident when he got home and his father rushed to the school to get an explanation from the principal or the discipline teacher but they had left the school.

“Alex’s parents went to the school the next day and the discipline teacher admitted what happened but explained the reason for his outburst was that he was stressed out and had lost control.

“As a discipline teacher, he should have investigated the matter before acting and we find the reason given for his behaviour inexcusable.”

Manivannan said he would bring the matter up with the education ministry after Hari Raya as well as in the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.

“I want the education ministry as well as the other ministers to know that this kind of thing is happening,” he said.

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