Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020. 7:42 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Education has specifically outlawed the use of corporal punishment – that is, any beating, striking or otherwise physically striking a child – as punishment for misdeeds in class since 2010.
But the practice has not completely disappeared, and at a school in Belize City, one mother decided to literally hit back. It will cost her significantly.
Because the boy, 9, may be identified through announcing the mother’s name, we will neither identify her except for her age, 27, nor the school the child attends. She pleaded guilty to wounding before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer and was fined $2,500 due by August 30, in default 8 months’ imprisonment.
The accused explained in court that her son’s Standard Two teacher had alleged beaten her son at least once. She had made a report to the principal after the first occasion, when she alleges the teacher beat her son with a broomstick. She said the principal did not do anything about it, so after this second occasion when the teacher allegedly punched her son in his back, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
According to the facts before the court, on Tuesday, January 21, the teacher in question was attacked in the principal’s office by the now-convicted mom on the school’s premises. She was hit in the mouth, kicked while on the floor, and were it not for the principal’s intervention, would have been subject to further beating.
The teacher was given a medico-legal form and she was taken to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where the doctor who examined her classified her injury as wounding.
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