|Bruise found on the legs of the boys assaulted by teacher Hào. — Photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — A secondary school teacher in this central province was forced to resign as class teacher today after he admitted to badly beating six of his students with a ruler.
The assault caused large bruises on the thighs of the students.
The local Department of Education and Training investigated the incident and concluded that teacher Lâm Minh Hào of Bến Ván Secondary School in Lộc Bổn Commune violated the ethic code of teachers, according to the department director Phạm Văn Hùng.
He was ordered to apologise to the students and their families.
Last Saturday, Hào was teaching in another classroom when he noticed that the students in another class were making a loud noise. He went in to punish the six boys who were reported to be the loudest in the absence of a subject teacher.
The students reported that Hào beat the boys for the second time with anger when the boys did not seem repentant after his first beating with the ruler.
The boys’ parents later discovered severe bruises on their children and came to school demanding an explanation for the injuries.
Observers said the penalty on Hào was not hard enough for his assault on the boys, referring to the children’s rights protection law. Traditionally in Việt Nam, teachers are among the noblest in society and this social norm makes them at times feel they have the authority to hit students. — VNS