NET UP­ROAR OVER TEACHER-MUM SPAT

Ne­ti­zens crit­i­cise teacher over re­mark on jail sen­tence

New Straits Times - - News - FARHANA SYED NOKMAN KUALA LUMPUR farhanasyed@nst.com.my

THE six-month jail sen­tence handed to a woman who slapped her son’s teacher af­ter the lat­ter al­legedly pinched her son has sparked a war of words among Ne­ti­zens.

There was an out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy for the mother, Tan Seow Yen, and crit­i­cism for teacher L. Vanitha, who had been quoted as say­ing that she felt the pun­ish­ment was “in­ad­e­quate”.

But, others agreed with the pun­ish­ment.

Tan, 35, a mother of three, was sen­tenced to six months’ jail and fined RM2,000 for caus­ing hurt to Vanitha at a pri­mary school in Sun­gai Bakap, South Se­berang Perai district, on Feb 2, 2015.

She was ac­cused of com­mit­ting the of­fence af­ter her son, 10, com­plained that his teacher had pinched him for be­ing slow in class.

Af­ter the sen­tence was passed, Vanitha said she was re­lieved that jus­tice had been served, but felt the jail sen­tence was in­ad­e­quate.

Face­book user Shahrizat Abd Hamid said: “The teacher is be­ing too much. She (Tan) has been pun­ished. My sym­pa­thy has turned to dis­gust.”

Another user, Steven Chee, said: “That’s enough. Do you want her to be sent to the gal­lows? Then you’ll be sat­is­fied?”

Senk Siang Thung said: “I do be­lieve she (Tan) de­serves pun­ish­ment, but to be jailed for a slap is sim­ply stupid. What the mum did was wrong, but the teacher is be­ing too much.”

Dev Roland said hand­ing out a jail sen­tence to some­one emo­tional was not worth it.

“Only crim­i­nals sit in jail. Send­ing an emo­tional per­son to jail is not worth it. For­give and ac­cept the fine, or com­mu­nity ser­vice would do. She is a hu­man, like you. Just a lit­tle emo­tional.” An Chee also de­fended Tan. “This teacher is scary. Six months is not a short pe­riod.

“Although she was wrong, I pity the mother for the price she has to pay for pro­tect­ing her child.”

How­ever, there were peo­ple who agreed with the pun­ish­ment that Tan re­ceived.

M.K. Gane­san said: “No one has the right to take the law into his own hands, let alone slap a teacher.

“If this is al­lowed, then the teach­ing pro­fes­sion would be un­der phys­i­cal threat.

“If the child was in­deed proven to had been pinched, the re­course would be to re­port the mat­ter to the head­mas­ter, Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment and the police. When you take the law into your own hands, be pre­pared to face the con­se­quences.”

Gopala Kr­ish­nan said the six­month jail sen­tence was handed out be­cause the mother ap­peared un­re­pen­tant and re­port­edly re­fused an out-of-court set­tle­ment.

PIC BY AMIR IRSYAD OMAR

Tan Seow Yen ar­riv­ing at the mag­is­trate’s court in Nibong Tebal ear­lier this month.

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