Closer look: Sivarraajh inspecting the wound on Sharmini's head. Looking on are (from right) her parents Siyamala and Muthtu, MIC Youth deputy chief R. Thinalan, and her grandfather Rajendran P. Raju.
KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of an eight-year-old girl are taking legal action against the teacher who threw his shoe at her for playing in the classroom.
Port Dickson Municipal Council worker K. Muthtu, 35, and his wife R. Siyamala, 32, are being assisted by MIC Youth in taking up the civil suit against the teacher, the school and the Education Ministry.
“My daughter M. Sharmini is still complaining of pain and is afraid to go back to school,” said an emotional Muthtu during a press conference yesterday.
Muthtu was at work when the school principal called last Thursday and said his daughter was in trouble.
“I was on the way to the school when I received a call from another teacher who asked me to go to the clinic. I went there to see my daughter lying down with her head bandaged.
“I was then told by the headmaster that the teacher had thrown his shoe at her,” he said.
They lodged a report at the Port Dickson police headquarters on the same day.
While the school principal and several teachers had come to their house and apologised, the shoe-thrower never made any attempt to apologise, Siyamala claimed.
The Moral Studies teacher is said to have lost his temper when Sharmini and another two pupils played in the classroom.
He had allegedly shouted, taken off his shoe and thrown it at the pupil, injuring her on the head, after which he continued with his lesson even though the girl was bleeding.
The teacher has since been transferred to another school pending investigations.
MIC Youth chief C. Sivaraajh said they were taking the case to court as a lesson to others.
“We want to make sure the teacher won’t do this to other students.
“Many who are involved in such cases are merely transferred to other schools, then later merely asked to apologise with no further action,” he said.