Parents demand penalties

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 April, 1999, 12:00am

Some parents with children at a special school ruled to have used inappropriate measures to restrain pupils demanded yesterday that teachers should be disciplined.

They said it was unfair no one from the Buddhist To Chi Fat She Yeung Yat Lam Memorial School had been singled out and punished over the incidents.

This week the Education Department ruled that teachers at the Tin Shui Wai school had used inappropriate measures to restrain pupils.

These included blindfolding and blanketing students with emotional problems.

But the department said no one should be disciplined because the acts were not abuse or corporal punishment but had been used to control behaviour.

A statement issued by a group of parents yesterday said: 'The investigation has confirmed some teaching staff used inappropriate measures on students but no member of staff should be held responsible. Where's our justice?' The school had failed to monitor staff, it said.

A parents' representative said they were also angry that the department revealed the investigation results to the media but not to parents directly.

'Some parents who have complained to the department also fear that teachers would find fault with their children in school,' she said.

'We hope a meeting between teachers and parents would be held as soon as possible to reduce our fear.'