Teachers are supposed to guide their students, shed light on their studies, and pave the way for their future, not sexualise them and instill psychological torment in them. You should not abuse your position as a teacher to have your way with the students.
A male teacher was charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Tuesday, 13th September) with sexual misconduct and harassment of a 12-year-old girl. The accused, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to a six-month peace bond with a RM1,000 bail for inappropriate behaviour towards a minor.
According to Utusan Borneo, the accused, who was working in a primary school in Taman BDC, Kuching, told the victim to come to his office alone on 10th August (Wednesday) at around 4:40pm. He told the victim to close the door to avoid being seen by the other teachers and students. The accused teacher then presented the victim with a box containing plastic flowers and a teddy bear.
Additionally, the 52-year-old accused had looked at the victim seductively and requested that she call him “daddy” rather than “teacher.” The incident made the victim feel uneasy, scared, and worried, and had experienced emotional distress as a result of it.
The victim informed her mother, who then filed a police report for further investigation. The perpetrator was arrested on school grounds at 10am on 24th August (Wednesday) and charged with violating Section 67 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The case was handled by Inspector Mohd Adzmei Ahmad in the presence of Magistrate Zaiton Anuar. The accused, who taught the subjects, Science and Physical Education, was not represented by a lawyer.
Neetashini Kanendran contributed to this article