Date
24 September 2017
A CCTV footage shows the teacher hitting the child with an exercise book (inset, top) and pulling him by the shoulder, causing him to fall (inset, bottom). Photo: Apple Daily
A CCTV footage shows the teacher hitting the child with an exercise book (inset, top) and pulling him by the shoulder, causing him to fall (inset, bottom). Photo: Apple Daily

Zenith Kowloon Tong teacher caught on CCTV abusing student

A kindergarten in Kowloon Tong has sought police assistance after a former teacher was seen in a leaked CCTV footage abusing a student inside the classroom last November.

The 18-second video clip shows the teacher, who has since left Zenith Kindergarten and International Nursery (Kowloon Tong)(英藝幼稚園), hitting the student with an exercise book and dragging him to the floor, Apple Daily reported on Friday.

The teacher was apparently trying to stop the student from disturbing a classmate.

After hitting him with an exercise book, the teacher pulled him by the shoulder, causing the student to fall on his bottom. The teacher then dragged the student back to his chair.

The video was timestamped 10 a.m., Nov. 25.

Principal Gina Tse Yee-mei said she had not been aware of the incident until Thursday as no one had reported it to her.

She said the teacher in question has left the school last November, although she forgot the reason for her departure.

Tse said the school considers the matter to be serious and has reported it to the police.

She said the school does not tolerate any form of violence on the campus.

Last November, Zenith Kindergarten (Yuen Long) was also caught in a controversy after one of its teachers put a plastic bag over a student’s head and then took a photo of the child.

After learning of the latest incident, Mrs. Szeto said she is worried about her grandson, who was admitted to Zenith’s Kowloon Tong campus just this month.

Priscilla Lui, vice chairwoman of the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights, called for a thorough police investigation of the incident.

She also called on the government to adopt a 15-year free education policy in Hong Kong, which will help formalize and regulate kindergarten education.

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