Fujairah authorities investigate third video of teacher beating student in October

Officials at Anas Bin Al Nazer School admitted that the incident happened in a seventh-grade class at about midday on Sunday.

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FUJAIRAH // Authorities are investigating another video that appears to show a teacher beating a child in a classroom.

Officials at Anas Bin Al Nazer School admitted that the incident happened in a seventh-grade class at about midday on Sunday.

The emergence of the video follows two previous ones showing similar incidents – one in Ajman and one in Abu Dhabi – which went viral in recent days.

The teacher of the centre of the latest film in Fujairah has explained his actions, admitting that he “lost control”.

Jasem Al Murshidy 36, a history teacher, said he was provoked into committing the act.

He said on the day of the incident that his pupils had made a “weird mess in the classroom” and were “shouting and saying very bad words to each other and to me”.

“They intended on making me angry,” he said.

One pupil had scored only three out of 20 in the exam and he “was laughing and saying bad words to make the class laugh at me”.

Mr Al Murshidy said he had been a teacher for 13 years and usually used other methods to punish children, such as “making them stand for a period of time or reducing their exam marks”, he said.

“But this time they made me very angry and I lost control,” he said.

An official at the school admitted that the incident had occurred between the teacher and three pupils, all of whom had been suspended while the Fujairah Education Zone conducted investigations.

“We knew about it through social media, the students had planned to offend any teacher in order to record a video and publish it online,” he said.

“The school investigated the incident along with Fujairah educational zone and actions had been taken against the four of them, they are all temporarily suspended until finalising the case.”

The official said the teacher had been working there for more than four years and there had been no complaints about his behaviour before.

“But this doesn’t mean that he is not guilty,” he said. “The three boys should be in the eighth grade but they failed to succeed in their final exams and stayed in the seventh grade.

“Any kind of child abuse such as beating or insults is prohibited and punishable according to the law,” the official said.

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