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Child’s bruises spark suit against school

Jack Burton

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A 5 year old kindergarten student was ‘spanked’ as a punishment because “…she’s a slow learner and can’t answer questions,” according to her teacher. The girl responded to the teacher “I’m stupid, I have no brains, but I have a heart.”

The incident took place in September but wasn’t shared until last month, with pictures showing bruises on the child’s arms. The mother captioned the post “Hope this is a reminder for parents with small children.”

“On the day of the incident, my daughter was spanked because the teacher said she ‘was a slow learner.’ When I picked her up, the teacher walked with her and told me that she had spanked my child and wanted to apologise. I was shocked but I only saw one arm with bruises.”

“I called my husband the next day (September 12) and told him what had happened. He works far from home but came back immediately to see his daughter. Before he came, I went to meet the principal at school,” said the girl’s mum.

“I asked to move my child into another classroom, then realised if my child remained at the school she would still see the teacher who did this and would always be afraid. I decided to move schools because while we were driving my daughter kept telling me she didn’t want to go back or that teacher would spank her again.”

The school promised the mother that the teacher would be fired within 30 days, yet 46 days passed without any action The girl’s mother decided to make the story public in the hope the school may take some remedial action against the teacher.

The story does not report the location of the school.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | Workpoint News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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