Greytown principal ‘assaulted child (8)’

2009-02-16 00:00

The principal of Greytown Primary and his deputy appeared in court yesterday on charges of assaulting an eight-year-old girl pupil.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that Emmanuel Anthony (59) and his 55-year-old deputy, Anand Kumar Ramsamoojh, were charged with assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The mother of the victim said she alerted police after noticing bruises on her child’s leg last week.

When she noticed her daughter limping on Wednesday, “she told me that she had been beaten by the school principal and the deputy principal”.

The mother said she believes her child was beaten as a punishment for absenteeism.

“She had been absent from school from Thursday [the week before last] until Tuesday [last week]. I tried explaining to the school that she had not been able to attend classes on those four days as I was moving house. I was then told to report to the school on Wednesday,” she said.

The beatings are said to have started on Wednesday shortly after the mother dropped the child and her younger sibling at the school.

“She [the child] told me that the deputy principal [Ramsamoojh] beat her with a stick that had a metal tip. He [the deputy principal] later called the principal who continued beating her,” said the mother, who says her child also claimed that the principal spat in her face during the beating.

The young girl, claimed the mother, was too afraid to report the matter to other teachers at the school.

“I immediately took pictures of the bruises and took her to the doctor the next morning and reported the matter to the police after that.”

She added that the child is severely traumatised. “She can barely sleep and has starting wetting her bed at night, all of which I think was triggered by the beating,” she said.

The two men appeared briefly at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court yesterday and are due to appear tomorrow.

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