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Australian teacher ties child to chair

By 황장진

Published : April 20, 2011 - 15:52

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An Australian teacher who allegedly tied a 5-year-old boy to a chair with some skipping rope was arrested on Wednesday.

The child, who misbehaved during the class, was initially punished by having his hands tied to the back. However, as the student consistently became disruptive, the teacher than again tied his body to a chair for five minutes.

The accused was a part-time who was in charge of 1st and 2nd grade classes at Avonale Primary School.

The case was revealed as a teacher’s assistance reported it to police and called for Education Department to investigate the matter.

Sharyon O’Neil, Western Australia’s director general of education, said “Teachers are in a special position of trust, and so this allegation is particularly disappointing.” according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Eamon Ryan from Education department told the Western Australia “while the investigation is taking place, it would not be appropriate to jump to conclusions or make specific comment but allegations of this nature are very concerning”

Last year in November, another teacher from Western Australia was accused for covering mouths of 9-year-old children to keep them quiet

Kang Yoon-seung ( 
Intern reporter

<한글 요약>

초등학교 교사, 수업태도 불량한 5세 아동 의자에 묶어

호주 한 초등학교 교사가 수업태도가 불량한 5세 아동을 의자에 묶은 혐의로 체포되었다.

이 계약직 교사는 처음에 학생의 손을 등 뒤로 묶었고, 그래도 태도가 나아지지 않자 줄넘기 줄로 의자에 5분 가량 묶었던 것으로 드러났다.

이러한 행위는 교직원이 경찰 및 교육부에 신고하면서 밝혀졌다.

교육부 관계자는 현지 언론과 인터뷰에서 “지금 조사가 진행 중이니 섣불리 결론을 내거나 의견을 표명할 수는 없지만, 이러한 사태가 일어났다는 것은 유감”이라고 말했다.

한편, 작년 11월에도 서호주에서 교사가 시끄럽다는 이유로 9세 학생의 입에 테이프를 붙여 논란이 된 바 있다.