Police yesterday arrested a teacher suspected of abusing a six-year-old boy diagnosed with autism.
The unidentified teacher and founder of the Maikidz Learning Center for special needs children in Ampang, Selangor was nabbed after surveillance footage of the school showed the boy being thrown onto his chair and dragged towards a table where he was having his meal. The arrest took place after his father, Aminuddin Shafiq, 36, filed a police complaint on the day of the incident on Friday.
“I am so angry over what happened to my son,” Aminuddin said online yesterday, adding that the abuse was “truly unacceptable.”
In yesterday’s Instagram post, Aminuddin shared the CCTV footage online, showing a woman feeding his son, known as Noah, when suddenly a cleaner dragged the boy’s chair with a broom, jolting the boy to escape. The woman went after him, flung him by the arm and tossed him back onto his chair, which she then pulled to the table, slamming the boy’s chest.
He had already noticed bruises on his son’s body prior to the incident but thought nothing of it.
“We sent Noah to the center with the hope that our kid will be safe and will be well [taken] care of,” Aminuddin said.
“Your justification on my son not wanting to eat is not acceptable or sufficient to support the way you treated him,” the father added.
Maikidz Learning Center has not responded to Coconuts’ request for comment as of publication time. The website named Sharifah Mazlan as the center’s founder.
In the police report, Aminuddin noted that another teacher named Mithalina had informed him about Noah injuring his eye during a scuffle over meal-time.
Police said yesterday that the 51-year-old suspect was being investigated for child abuse and overstaying her social visit pass, indicating that she is a foreigner. The center’s license to operate has also expired.
“The woman has seven children, including the victim, under her care and all are autistic,” Ampang Jaya police chief Mohamad Farouk Eshak told reporters yesterday.