Teacher accused of physically abusing sixth grade student

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Teacher accused of physically abusing sixth grade student
One of the marks the student sustained.
One of the marks the student sustained.

A teacher of the Delcer R.C. Combined School has been accused of physically abusing a female student on Thursday.

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the 11-year-old student was allegedly physically abused by the teacher, for threatening to slap a boy in the school, even though the threat was never carried out.

As a result of the abuse, the grade six student sustained marks on her arms. The teacher allegedly used a stick to carry out the act.

The student’s mother, Annie Mitchel, took her to the hospital and was issued a medical certificate. A complaint was lodged with the school and the police.

When SNO contacted the school for a comment, we were told that the principal was unavailable. Officials of the Choiseul Police Station were also reluctant to speak on the matter or provide any details.

There has been a long debate on corporal punishment on the island and whether it should be banned from schools.

Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis had said that the ministry of education is looking into the matter.

He however pointed out that it would be difficult to get some people to accept the idea of scrapping corporal punishment, since it has been part of the education system for many years.

The minister said however that the ministry by itself cannot make a decision but has to do so in consultation with the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU), the National Principals Association (NPA) and parents.

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  1. when last you all been in Castries and hear the dirty mouths and pass and see the uncensored behaviours on the streets, trust me you need militant system to control them. Lets hear the teachers side first please. Maybe the child couldn't manage to beat the teacher. Teacher please be careful from the little thugs.

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  2. Why would you give someone permission to physically punish your child when you do not know what kind of life they live. They may be very stressed in their private life, which can cause irrational thinking. Imagine someone just beating up on my child and passing their aggravation for reasons that have nothing to do with him/her. Many times in beatings, the punishment does not fit the crime.
    We need to stop the practice that was handed down to our forefathers by slavery. We claim it worked, but did it really. Black people are the most emotionally confuse people I know.
    We do not condone domestic violence, but we allow the same punishment on our children. Men think they should beat women if they do something they consider is wrong. Women accept the beating because they think it is due them for whatever they think they did wrong and some women are the abusers. Children who are handled with violence think it is okay to lash out on others. We need to stop the madness about this old slavery corporal practice. Beating children will not make a better generation.
    We are humans and need to be treated as such.

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  3. It angers me to see so many people,Trying to justify what this teacher did to this child.If the tables were turned and she came to school with those same bruises,her parents would be thrown in jail and charged with abuse,and endangering the welfare of a minor therefore,the teacher should be charged,the commanding officer at police station should be discipline for not enforcing the law,and the principal should be fired for not taking immediate action to dissuade such behavior by teachers.who are charged with educating and protecting our children while in their care.to those of you who said that you were beaten as kids so was I.but we should not allow history to keep repeating itself.our parents whoop our tails because they were whooped,by their parents and so forth.but where did this come from?it came from the scar that was slavery.out the wound that was colonialism.our forefathers fought so hard to abolish,and eradicate this blemish.but here comes my people Trying hard to return to that era.

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  4. Hold on there for just one minute ... look at the tiny "scratch" they making all that fuss for. If the child was well behaved... He or she wouldn't have gotten disciplined.

    So don't discipline children in schools....? Send them for "time out" in the corner instead? That really does fix the problem (sarcasm).

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  5. For those encouraging physical punishment. The old days left most of us emotional wrecks, wether we are doctors or lawyers. Our parents did what they New and they did not have tools or patience to do otherwise. When is it ever right to physically abuse a human being to submission. There are other ways. We were raised to measure our success in raising children by outward appearance. As long as we look good, dressed well, able to get a job all is well. How about our state of mind. Our emotional state. Low self worth - those things you cannot see. When you know better do better. The future of our kids depends on it.

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  6. I support corporal punishment only if it is used wisely and without verbal abuse. If you think you will do to the point where it scars the child physically or psychologically, do not beat the child. Do not spank while angry. DO NOT GIVE THE CHILDREN ALL KINDSVOF MESSAGES FOR THEIR PARENTS while.beating them . Tell them why the are being punished before punishing them.

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  7. Lucian i am a teacher myself. We do not say teachers.will not make mistakes but i for one will not stand.in solidarity with any fellow collegue of mine in wrong doing. We.begin to forget all our morals and followsuit when we become fed up with ' the people's children. I have taught at a school where i witnessed both physical and.verbal abuse and i have also taught at a school where other means of punishment were administered. I for one saw the growth of the.students.who were not abused. Many teachers abuse.students and justify or boldly admit it. Mistakes.can and will be made but we.have to Take a stand for what is right! May God judge the teacher He knows her heart.

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  8. Wow.. So much of " If was my child..." in public y'all are the most over protective caring parents. In private, at home where it counts, y'all don't raise the children with discipline, respect and understanding. The child got a beating., because he or she did something wrong. Maybe the beating was excessive. Maybe the situation is being blown out of proportion. Maybe the child was spoken to countless times before the corporal punishment was administered. Maybe the child was being super bad, and disrespectful. Somehow I'm not hearing the parents saying I should have tried harder at raising my child.

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  9. Wow.. So much of " If was my child..." in public y'all are the most over protective caring parents. In private, where

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  10. Unless the Ministry of Education can provide us with alternative measures... I say cut their ass. They will behave themselves!! The parent wanted attention. I'm sure she cannot control this child. We will hear about her in the news in the near future. I hope she don't come and proclaim him as being "a good boy" after he commits his crime. The teacher cannot be blamed for his criminal act when he commits it in the future because he was already a "bad boy," before the corporal punishment. Parents cannot carry out their parental duties on a part-time basis. Most times the teacher is left to deal with students with no parental guidance. Parents should appreciate us for what we do. How will this child ever obey school rules again... he has the support of his unmannerly parent so the school is in for a real fight. To the teacher, I support you and i hope you continue the good work!

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  11. THAT'S PHYSICAL ABUSE,THE LEGAL TERM IS BATTERY ON A MINOR- THAT TEACHER NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED. WHEN WILL THAT OLD OLD BEHAVIOR STOP ?
    2014 AND TEACHERS ARE STILL HITTING KIDS IN SCHOOL? NO WONDER THERE ARE SO MANY ANGRY,SUICIDAL SITUATIONS IN ST. LUCIA,THESE EMOTIONAL TRAUMA STAYS WITH THE KIDS FOREVER- DON'T YOU TEACHERS GET IT?/ NOT YOUR JOB TO BEAT OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN,THEY WILL BUST YOU DOWN AT SOME POINT. YES-YOU SHOULD BE ARRESTED . STUPID !!!!

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  12. To the grade six teacher at the school. I don't understand why you are suffering from emotional distress when both the story and the comments did not point fingers at you. The key words were "a teacher". If you know that you are innocent you shouldn't even waste your time to comment. As a past student I have gotten confirmed report that the principal was the the one responsible. Some of those educators have their personal issues and cannot find the person (s) responsible and it's always our children who have to pay for it.

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  13. Bullshit!!! Why couldn't the teacher give her a few stokes in her palms. I Know for sure if that was my child the headline would have read "Teacher hurt in altercation over physically abused student" A rage would take me.

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