By Michael Evans.
A Shanghai primary school teacher has apologized for cutting a student’s face with a pair of scissors, following an investigation by local educational authorities.
Local television news had reported that the girl’s grandfather found the nearly 2-centimeter-long scratch when he picked her up last Friday from the weekday boarding school. The girl said that her math teacher scratched her cheek with scissors because she was not paying attention in class.
Another student said the teacher once threatened to cut the students’ hair if they did not behave.
The teacher, who has worked at the Shanghai Liaoyuan Experimental School since September, denied that the injury was intentional. She explained that she had cut the girl’s face by accident while using the scissors as a pointer.
The school headmaster, who claimed to witness the incident, has supported the teacher’s version of events.
Whether the injury was intentional or not, the report comes on the heels of a string of widely reported cases of young students abused by their teachers, leading many to call for a reform of China’s early childhood education, as well as stronger laws protecting students.