Naughty girl gagged and tied up by head­mistress

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KUALA LUMPUR: A fiveyear-old girl was tied up and gagged by her head­mistress for be­ing too noisy, claimed her mother.

Teng Aai Hong said she found out the in­ci­dent when she caught her daugh­ter gag­ging and ty­ing up her two-year-old brother with a nap­kin at home on Novem­ber 4.

"I scolded her and asked her why she was do­ing that. She told me that was what her teacher did to her when she was be­ing naughty," said Teng at a press con­fer­ence at Wisma MCA yes­ter­day.

Present was MCA Pub­lic Ser­vices and Com­plaints Depart­ment chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

When Teng con­fronted the head­mistress of the kinder­garten in Se­ta­pak a few days later, the lat­ter ad­mit­ted to ty­ing up her daugh­ter.

"She (the head­mistress) claimed that she did not do any­thing wrong as that was her method of dis­ci­plin­ing the stu­dents.

"She even went on to demon­strate her method by ty­ing up an­other stu­dent," added the 36-year-old mother who has since re­moved her daugh­ter from the kinder­garten and lodged a po­lice re­port on the mat­ter.

She said due to the head­mistresses' ac­tions, her son could have suf­fo­cated had she not in­ter­vened at that time.

Chong said that the head­mistress should have known bet­ter than to re­sort to such dis­ci­plinary meth­ods, es­pe­cially when it in­volved the safety of young chil­dren.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

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