Daher was cheered by his students Monday following the release of the controversial video.
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The Education Ministry Wednesday expelled the principal of a school in south Lebanon and gave him a lifelong ban from teaching after a video showing him caning students went viral on the Internet.Video footage posted online Tuesday showed Moussa Daher, principal of the Zahrani branch of Makassed School in the village of Daiat al-Arab, using a stick to beat three students on the soles of their feet as punishment for failing in their studies. Barefooted, the students are seen being forced to kneel on an office chair as Daher hits them. In a news conference Wednesday, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab confirmed that five children had been mistreated by Daher.The head of the Makassed Association, Mohammad Amine al-Daouk, went to the school Wednesday to investigate the incidents and hold a meeting with relevant parties, including Daher.Addressing students and staff who gathered outside the school with the Makassed delegation, Daher admitted he had acted poorly and asked for forgiveness.A third student, Mohammad Abbas, asked the ministry to reopen the school with Moussa as principal.
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