A school in India is facing harsh criticism after a teacher encouraged students to slap a 12-year-old classmate 168 times over a six day period. Shivpratap Singh, the girl's father, told police that she was slapped by classmates repeatedly for not completing her homework. A few days before the incident Mr. Singh had informed the school that his daughter was sick and unable to complete her assingments. Singh said the school was aware of his daughter's illness.
The school principal, K Sagar, characterized the slapping as "friendly" punishment and defended the actions of the teacher. Sagar added "We don't allow corporal punishment in the school. The girl is weak in studies and doesn't complete her assignments."
The girl was examined at a local hospital. Although "no injury was found during the medical examination" an investigation into matter is being conducted. Local police stated "Our team also visited the school and found that such an incident had occurred. We are investigating further. However, no formal case has been registered so far."
Initially Twitter didn't know how to respond to the news.
wtf?? How is getting slapped 168 for not turning in HW a good punishment? This is outrageous— Ali-Ali🍩 (@vkookislifeau97) January 28, 2018
But eventually users were ready to administer some "friendly punishment" of their own.
Father complained? If it was my daughter I'd be down at that school whipping that teachers ass. The principle and the staff too. They all responsible.— my name isn't needed (@mc9ers5) January 28, 2018
Absolutely disgusting. Ordering children to hit another child is an abhorrent abuse of power. The teacher and the principal should face strict consequences.— Anjali (@sidetrakked) January 28, 2018
A "friendly" punishment getting SLAPPED 168 times... Yeah cause that's so friendly. Just give her a 0 on her homework of she didn't do it 😠😐— Gryffindor (@Buttercup1Xx) January 28, 2018
The teacher and the principal should be given similar friendly punishment! I am sure then they will understand mental trauma !— Nitya Bhalla (@nitti23a) January 28, 2018
Though many were worried about the education system and the world at large.
Sick and tired, just so sick and tired of news like this where grown adults don’t know the right from wrong, just when will they learn— Jiya (@JiaHeyyy) January 28, 2018
so i have to home school my kids & be a stay at home mom. cause baby sitters AND teachers are going nuts these days— 🎀 🦄 (@Amber_G27) January 28, 2018
WTF! What is happening in schools! Have teachers going thru such a depressive mentality that they become sadist 😡😡— Saurabh Bohra (@saurabh_bohra) January 27, 2018
I think the only lesson learned was violence is the answer to everything, all the kids were taught the wrong message, so sad— Nichol Bassing (@nichol_bassing) January 28, 2018
What about mental trauma. You can't see that and it is often worse than anything physical.— purplelynn35 (@LoriLKoonce) January 28, 2018
Disgusting treatment and shame on who decided to carry out this punishment— Elizabeth Scott (@Elizabe77836870) January 28, 2018
The teacher should have helped her in doing her home work Rather than punishing her— Durga Prasad (@DurgaPr10106823) January 28, 2018
But one user managed to sum up how everyone felt in a truly "magical" response.
H/T - Twitter