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Slapped teacher fearful for her safety

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

THE teacher slapped and choked by a 12-year-old pupil of Jordan Hill Presbyterian Primary School suffered multiple injuries and has indicated her intention to transfer to another school.

Lynsley Doodhai, second vice-president of Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA), said the 32-year-old teacher feared for her safety.

Doodhai said he met the teacher yesterday while she sought follow-up medical attention at Princes Town District Health Facility.

Doodhai said: “She got some serious injuries. She is complaining of a number of ailments such as throbbing head pains in the back of her head, back pains, suspected torn ligament in her left ankle, bruises to the upper back, bruises to the knee and pain in her left knee cap.”

The teacher was advised by TTUTA to seek counselling through the Ministry of Education’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Doodhai said the teacher was also granted medical leave until the end of the school term.

Last Thursday, the 12-year-old Fifth Standard pupil assaulted the teacher at the school.

When he appeared in court the following day, the police said the teacher had approached the boy to scold him for pelting bottles at other pupils.

The boy slapped the teacher several times and choked her. Both fell to the ground and the teacher broke free.

The boy, who said he was being taunted about his mother who died three years ago, pleaded guilty and is expected to reappear in court on April 11.

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