8-year-old beaten, arm broken in Trinidad

8-year-old beaten, arm broken in Trinidad
09 Mar

Another child has fallen victim to bullying and his father is calling on the Trinidad Ministry of Education to train to teachers to deal with bullies.

Eight-year-old Ehsan Hosein suffered a broken arm when he was hurt by a classmate on Tuesday.

The Standard Two pupil was playing in the school yard when the boy pushed him to the ground, his father Yousuf Hosein said.

The incident happened at a primary school in Carapichaima during the lunch break.

“My son said he was playing with his friends in an area called the triangle when the boy began pushing them. He pushed my son to the ground and pounced on him. He started beating him on the head. Then he jump on his arm. A school official called and informed us of what happened,” Hosein said.

Ehsan Hosein was taken to the Freeport Health Centre and then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

A report was made to the Freeport police station.

Hosein, a father of two, said he had made numerous complaints about the bully to school officials. “But I don't think teachers are trained to deal with these things. The teachers tried talking to the boy, but he continued to bully children and this is the result,” he said.

Hosein, of Freeport, said his son was in excruciating pain and was afraid to return to school.

Hosein has written to Education Minister Anthony Garcia asking that teachers are trained to deal with bullies.

“The time to act is now, not with hatred, but with love. This student (bully) has a pattern of recklessness which results in injury to other students of the school. We all know that this school does not provide specialist training to staff to treat with student such as him. Also the environment is not suited for him,” he said.

Hosein said he was pleading with the Minister to provide “special care” and treatment for bullies like the one who injured his son. “Place him in a school where he can get some kind of help and teachers can assist him,” he said.

Last month, Tristan Khan suffered a broken arm when he was attacked by a classmate at a primary school in Mayaro.

The nine-year-old boy underwent emergency surgery and has not yet returned to school.

Following a series of meetings with school and ministry officials the alleged bully was suspended from school for seven days.

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