Mother of autistic child: Teacher rubbed koay teow on my son’s face, beat him


SEREMBAN 10 MARCH 2016. [NS361Z / SBN558L] Norhimah Ibrahim, 34, menunjukkan laporan Polis dan laporan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah yang dibuat susulan muka anak lelakinya dilumur makanan oleh guru disiplin ketika makan di kantin sebuah sekolah di Sikamat. STR/WAN NUR AMIRAH WAN MOHAMED REDZA.

SEREMBAN: A mother has appealed to the state education department to take action against a teacher who allegedly rubbed food on her autistic child’s face at the school canteen. Norhimah Ibrahim, 34, claimed that her eight-year-old son, who attends special education class at the school, was also beaten by the teacher in the March 1 incident. The mother-of-three said the incident happened during recess when her youngest son who had just gotten his plate of koay teow and refused to return to classroom as requested by an assistant teacher. “My son raised his voice against the assistant teacher to tell her that he wanted to eat, the assistant teacher then reported the incident to the discipline teacher who was also eating at the canteen. “She pushed away his plate that contained fried koay teow before rubbing the food on my son’s face. She also pushed his head and hit his shoulder,” she claimed when met at her house here, today. Norhimah claimed the incident was witnessed by her 10-year-old daughter who studied at the school. “My daughter wanted to calm her brother who was crying because of pain in his eyes . But the discipline teacher stopped my daughter and said she wanted to teach him a lesson,” she claimed. She said she learnt about the incident after she picked up her daughter from school at about 2pm. “Earlier, I took my boy at 1pm but he did not say anything about the incident, but I suspected something amiss when I saw stains on his face and shirt collar,” she said. She added that she had lodged a police report and filed a complaint at the district education office after the discipline teacher denied her actions. She said she had also transferred her son to another school following the incident. Meanwhile, state education director Rusni Ab Jalil when contacted said the department would conduct a thorough investigation and take action against the teacher according to the standard operating procedure if she is proven guilty. Seremban district police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhamad Zaki Harun confirmed police had received a report and said investigations would be carried out.

Source : New Straits Times