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Lebanon school principal defends staff accused of hitting students

The Education Ministry building in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)

BEIRUT: A principal at a school south of Beirut is standing behind two school officials accused of beating their students.

In a report published Wednesday in As-Safir newspaper, the principal said he "would allow the discipline of students by beating them if he became the Education Minister... but we are abiding by the Education Minister [Elias Bou Saab's] orders to ban beating at schools."

The principal was not identified. His comments come on the heels of two complaints filed by the students’ family over the alleged abuse at the un-named school in the Iqlim al-Kharroub district.

An administrator punched 13-year-old Aa.Q in his neck in October for laughing when the administrator dropped a bell that he was holding, said As-Safir.

And last week, a mathematics teacher punched and slapped the boy’s 16-year-old brother, M.H. because the student didn’t understand the lesson. The teacher is said to have verbally assaulted the student, who had been kicked out of the classroom numerous times.

The family filed a complaint with the school after each incident. The principal responded by expelling the 16-year-old, claiming that the student assaulted his teacher outside of school. The younger boy has since been expelled as well.

The parents filed a complaint with the Education Ministry.

 

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