An apology will not do

A TERRIBLE incident happened on Tuesday in one of Sharjah’s private schools — the parent of a student of the school beat up two other students for entering into an argument with his son over a children’s game. In fact, this matter should not just end with an apology as Mrs Samia Subah, the chief of the Private Education Department of Sharjah Educational Zone, recommended. The man who indulged in such atrocious behaviour, not only assaulted the two children, but also violated the sanctity of the place. Such misbehaviour spread a wave of panic and fear among students.


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Published: Thu 16 Jun 2005, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:01 PM

Frankly, this is not a matter of a simple apology. An investigation should be conducted to teach the person a lesson. He should be reminded — lest he has forgotten — that he lives in a state whose law has to be respected. He should also be told sternly that his lack of respect for the school, its teachers and students will not be tolerated.

Regarding the possibility of his submitting an apology to put a friendly end to this matter, it is simply not acceptable. While the values of tolerance and forgiveness should be cherished, in such cases, we feel deterrent punishment will be much more effective.

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