I REFER to your report on the suspension of a teacher for allegedly punching student Lim Nien Nie.
I find it appalling that a student used a vulgar word against a teacher, albeit in anger. And it is hard to believe that the same student would be "traumatised and afraid to go to school", as mentioned in your report.
She is, unfortunately, not an 8-year-old child, but a 13-year-old who should be held responsible for her actions.
Although I do not condone the teacher’s retaliation, I feel the student should not be allowed to go scot-free.
I urge the Education Ministry to thoroughly investigate the matter before any punishment is considered for the teacher.
If teachers are punished for warranted disciplining of way-ward students, I cannot imagine what the future holds for the schools of today.