Malaysian school headmaster accused of dragging student around

Malaysian school headmaster accused of dragging student around
It hurts: Jellinah Swari and her husband Dinesh Raja (second right) showing the injury on their son as MPSP councillor P. David Marshel looks on after the press conference at the Perai DAP service centre.

BUTTERWORTH - A housewife lodged a police report against a headmaster for allegedly hitting her Year One son and dragging him around the school grounds.

Housewife S. Jellinah Swari, 36, said she only thought that her seven-year-old son was hit by the headmaster in the March 5 incident and she was not aware that he was also dragged around until another parent told her five days later.

"I went to confront the headmaster about the matter on March 10 but before I could see him, the senior assistant scolded me. She screamed 'you perempuan bodoh, you ada anak otak tak betul. You ingat saya pengasuh anak you kah?' (You are a stupid woman, your child is unsound. Do you think I'm your son's nanny?), while slamming her hands on the table aggressively.

"Hearing the commotion, the headmaster asked me to go into his room, and expressed regret over his actions. He apologised, and requested that I do not bring the matter to the media," she told a press conference at the Perai DAP service centre in Chai Leng Park yesterday.

Jellinah Swari said her son was now suffering from health problems and he has also lost his appetite following the incident.

"A police report was lodged on Friday with the hope that the headmaster will be investigated over the incident. I've also lodged a report with the state Education Department.

"I've been under a lot of pressure after my son's teacher told me to send him to a special school as he was a slow learner. I took him to a child specialist who found that there was nothing wrong with him," she said.

State Education Department director Datuk Osman Hussain could not be reached for comments on the matter.

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