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Gauze bandages cover stitches on Sok Kim Heng’s head as he sits with his grandmother at their house in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district
Gauze bandages cover stitches on Sok Kim Heng’s head as he sits with his grandmother at their house in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district. Hong Menea

Hospital after school

A rowdy 8-year-old boy has accused his teacher of hitting him over the head with a small whiteboard during class on Thursday, leaving him with a bloody head wound.

Sok Kim Heng said yesterday that he spat on another student and, in return, his teacher whacked him.

“I felt some warm blood fall on my hand and shirt sleeve,” Kim Heng said.

The 8-year-old was taken to a hospital where he received two stitches.

According to the boy’s grandmother, who became his caretaker after his parents abandoned him, Kim Heng’s teacher has abused him since he began attending Kolab I Primary School in the capital’s Daun Penh district in January.

A complaint was filed with the commune police on Friday demanding $3,000 compensation for the injury.

Nhim Saron, the school director, confirmed the incident, but excused the teacher’s actions.

“The student is stubborn, disobedient and a troublemaker. The teacher was patient for a long time,” he said.

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