SEREMBAN: The parents of the 11-year-old boy slapped by the now-acquitted teacher Azizan Manap (pic) are receiving death threats on social media, said Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
“The parents and the child have been traumatised by the whole incident and are now receiving death threats.
“This is certainly the work of keyboard warriors who do not have any inkling of what really transpired,” the Deputy Education Minister said on Friday (Dec 22) after meeting the couple and their son at their home in Nilai.
Chong said that after meeting the parents and Azizan separately, he concluded that both sides wished to put the episode behind them and move on.
“I met both parties separately and would arrange for a meeting between them soonest.
“They have asked for a cooling off period and wish to move on,” he said.
Azizan, 44, was charged on Oct 31 with slapping the pupil at the SK Taman Semarak assembly area at 7am on April 6.
He was ultimately given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the charge under Section 323 of the Penal Code on Dec 19 after the prosecution decided to drop the charge.
He has since said that he held no grudge against the boy or his family.
Chong expressed hope that the public, including the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) and the school's Parent-Teacher Association, would stop making public comments on the case.
“Let's give them some breathing space. This is in the best interest of all parties,” he said.