PETALING JAYA: A grandfather is demanding justice for his 12-year-old grandson who was allegedly abused by one of his teachers.
According to a police report filed last Wednesday, Tamilarasan Punithan, had suffered bruises on both his arms and his back after being repeatedly hit with a cane at Sekolah Menegah St Theresa, Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Tamilarasan told police that the incident started after he found his bag in a drain outside his classroom and reprimanded those in the class.
One of his classmates admitted that he had thrown the bag into the drain, Tamilarasan said.
As he went to tell his teacher, the classmate allegedly pushed Thamilarasan aside and ran to the staff room ahead of him.
“I don’t know what he told the teachers but moments later, a teacher came and hit me several times with a rotan,” he told police.
“I tried telling the teacher what had really happened but the teacher wouldn’t listen to me and continued hitting me. He told me that if I said anything to my father, he would hit me again.”
The boy’s grandfather, Thanimali Arumugam, told FMT that his grandson had been left traumatised by the incident.
“He has been unable to sleep for the past few days because he is so afraid and he refuses to go back to school,” he said. “My grandson has been abused and I want action to be taken against the teacher responsible.”
Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, who was also informed of the incident, today demanded to know what the education ministry was doing to address issues plaguing schools in the country.
“This comes in the wake of the recent incident in Penang where a boy was left brain dead after he was bullied by his schoolmates, as well as the incident where a 21-year-old navy cadet officer was tortured to death,” he told FMT.
“Why is there no discipline in school? I’m talking about abuse, bullying, gangsterism. What is the education ministry doing about all this? This is a national problem.”