Stu­dent al­leges sex­ual abuse in Ħam­run school ‘with teacher’s bless­ing’, MUT re­ac­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A stu­dent is al­leg­ing that she was sex­u­ally abused by other stu­dents “with the bless­ing of a teacher” at the Ħam­run sec­ondary school.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said in a state­ment late on Wed­nes­day that the mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

The min­istry said that it had been in­formed about the al­leged case and that steps were taken to safe­guard the in­ter­ests of all the par­ties con­cerned.

It added that a min­is­te­rial in­quiry is un­der way.

The 14-year-old girl is al­leg­ing that the teacher in ques­tion has been pass­ing lewd re­marks since the first day of the scholas­tic year, and that on oc­ca­sions he has also touched her.

The girl is al­leg­ing that last Tues­day, in one of the classes, she was held by the teacher while two male stu­dents started to touch her in­ti­mately.

The girl’s mother later filed a re­port at the Ħam­run po­lice sta­tion.

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of news re­ports on the in­ci­dent, the Malta Union of Teach­ers said it has writ­ten to the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment say­ing that from the ini­tial ev­i­dence, “this case is seem­ingly sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous cases in­volv­ing al­le­ga­tions on ed­u­ca­tors.”

In its cor­re­spon­dence, the union stated that un­for­tu­nately the teacher con­cerned seems to have been found guilty, par­tic­u­larly by the me­dia, be­fore any in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been con­cluded.

From ini­tial ev­i­dence col­lected by the MUT, it seems that there are var­i­ous ver­sions of facts on what ex­actly hap­pened but the me­dia is fo­cus­ing ex­clu­sively on the ver­sion pro­vided by the par­ent.

“In view of this, the MUT asked the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment to launch its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case and take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion es­pe­cially to pro­tect its stu­dents and em­ploy­ees at this school. Fur­ther to this, the union asked the MEDE to launch an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the high­est ur­gency to de­ter­mine why, on a daily ba­sis, young adults from other youth hubs, are abus­ing stu­dents and teach­ers alike. The MUT ex­pects this sit­u­a­tion to be dealt with ef­fi­cacy and is con­sid­er­ing ac­tion per­mit­ted to it by law. The union will, as al­ways, col­lab­o­rate with the au­thor­i­ties if and when needed for the truth to be es­tab­lished.”

"The me­dia is fo­cus­ing ex­clu­sively on the ver­sion pro­vided by the par­ent"

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