SEREMBAN: A nine-year-old pupil at SRJKC Kg Tiong in Gemas, who was caned in the hands by a female teacher at the school Tuesday, died on Wednesday.
According to Negri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh, the boy had complained about feeling dizzy after the caning session. On seeing that his condition had taken a turn for the worse, the school authorities contacted his parents before sending him to the Segamat Hospital for treatment.
“The parents, however, had him transferred to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru but later brought him back home the same day after being told by hospital authorities that chances of their son recovering were slim,” he told reporters after attending a blood donation campaign at the Negri Sembilan police headquarters here Wednesday.
He said it was understood the boy had “central nervous system problems” and dismissed allegations that the caning had caused his death.
He added that the boy died at home at 3.30am Wednesday. Osman said that on a personal note, in future, he advised parents to inform school authorities if their children were suffering any ailment.
“This way the schools will have proper records on the health condition of their charges ... teachers will be extra cautious when taking any disciplinary action against them,” he said. -- Bernama
The Star Online: 1 April 2009