“My son told me that when he cried, the teacher beat him [further],” said the mother of the pupil. A medical report from the doctor who examined the injuries of the child revealed that the victim was assaulted with a heavy object.“I completely understand that children can be troublesome, and they deserve to be reprimanded. However, I don’t think the teacher should have assaulted my son using a pipe. He cannot even sit properly,” said the child’s mother, who added that her son cries at night due to the injuries. The Gazette learned that the principal of the school called a meeting last week to apologise to the parent of the child.“The teacher was part of the meeting too, but I was not happy with her apology because I could hear that she was being assertive and defensive,” said the mother. “If she was truly contrite about what she did to my child, she should not have tried to justify her actions. “I opened a case at the Greytown SAPS and would like to see justice done for my son. “How many pupils suffer in silence due to the harassment they experience from schools? Corporal punishment was banned in schools. This is physical abuse,” she said. Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi condemned the use of corporal punishment at schools. “Our position still remains that use of corporal punishment is not permitted at all. We will deal with the matter,” said Mahlambi. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said: “A nine-year-old was allegedly assaulted with a pipe in Greytown. “A case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened at Greytown Police Station for investigation,” Naicker said.The suspect (27) was arrested last week and she will appear at the Greytown Magistrate’s court today, November 13.