Seven-year-old Malaysian girl treated like a common thief

Seven-year-old Malaysian girl treated like a common thief
Does she deserve it?: The girl showing her bruised wrists (also closeup) after a teacher allegedly tied up her hands over a small matter at school.

GEORGE TOWN - A Year One pupil has claimed a teacher tied up her hands for allegedly taking an eraser belonging to a classmate at a school in Sungai Nibong here.

Furious at seeing the reddish marks on the girl's wrists, her mother, known only as Chan, decided to lodge a police report over the matter.

Chan, 25, said her daughter was not even allowed to untie herself when she wanted to go to the toilet at the primary school.

"I noticed the injury when I went to pick her up at 6.40pm on Monday. She managed to free herself before school ended.

"Is the offence so serious that my daughter had to be tied up? Most children are mischievous but that does not mean they had to be punished in such a way," she said when met outside the school yesterday.

Chan said she met the acting headmistress but refused to accept her apology.

"She wanted to arrange a meeting between me and the teacher but I declined.

"My daughter refuses to go to school now. I am worried about her although her injuries have healed," she added.

The school authorities refused to speak to reporters who turned up at the school.

It is learnt that several Education Department officers have since gone to the school to carry out an investigation.

When contacted, Penang Educa-tion Department director Datuk Osman Hussain said he was awaiting a report from the officers.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed a police report had been lodged over the incident.

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