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Vietnamese teacher handed 6-month suspension for beating second graders

Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:15 GMT+7
Vietnamese teacher handed 6-month suspension for beating second graders
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang slaps a second-grade student at Quan Toan Elementary School in northern Hai Phong City on May 8, 2019 in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.

A female teacher in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong was given a six-month suspension after CCTV footage captured her beating multiple second-grade students in a classroom earlier this month.

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 32, a teacher at Quan Toan Elementary School in Hong Bang District, was punished following an investigation into the incident, Hoang Thi Nhan, chairwoman of the district’s administration, confirmed on Thursday.

Trang was also given a one-year ban from working as a homeroom teacher.

According to the school board, the incident occurred in a second-grade classroom on the morning of May 8 and was captured by a camera installed inside the room.

In the footage, Trang was seen slapping and hitting multiple students with a ruler between 7:35 am and 10:17 am while the students were taking a final exam.

Among the youngsters, Bui Manh D., appeared to have taken the brunt of the attacks.

In her talk with administrators, the teacher attempted to justify her actions by explaining that the students were sluggish during the exam.

The situation was first reported to the school board after D.’s parents discovered his wounds.

The parents also posted the CCTV footage to social media.

D. received hospital treatments for soft-tissue wounds on his temporal regions, an injured left ear, and two bruises on his left leg, his parents said.

Trang has yet to offer an apology or speak to the family about the incident, D.’s parents stated.

The Hong Bang People’s Committee was scheduled to meet the family on Thursday afternoon to discuss further solutions.

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