Court upholds QR3,000 fine on principal for hitting student

 06 Jan 2013 - 2:23

DOHA: The Court of Appeals has upheld the verdict of a lower court imposing a fine of QR3,000 on a woman school principal for assaulting a young student using a sharpened pencil.

The incident took place in December 2011. The parents of the Grade 2 student had filed a complaint with the police seeking action against the principal, who allegedly stabbed the boy with a sharpened pencil several times, injuring him in his arm, hand and the back. The case was then referred to the Public Prosecution.

The Court of Appeals issued its verdict based on the statement of the victim, the confession of the convict and the medical report, Al Sharq reported yesterday. 

A lower court, after several hearings, had slapped a fine of QR3,000 on the principal, which has been upheld by the Court of Appeals.

The incident had triggered a public uproar, forcing the Supreme Education Council to intervene. The SEC had launched an investigation into the incident and issued a circular to all schools strictly banning corporal punishment as a means of disciplining students.

Interestingly, the principal continues in her position in the same school, even after the primary court and the Court of Appeals found her guilty, said the daily.