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Outrage in Egypt over death of 9-year-old child hit on head multiple times by Head teacher

The death of a nine-year-old schoolgirl, Basmala Osama Ali Mohamed after a teacher hit her on the head for making a spelling mistake has provoked widespread anger in Egypt.

Basmala Osama Ali Mohamed, who attended Taranis al-Arab primary school in Dakahlia province, spent eight days in the hospital suffering from a brain haemorrhage before she died on Sunday.

Egyptian media reported that a 50-year-old Arabic teacher, named Samir, had hit Basmala on the head with a wooden stick three times after she made a spelling mistake while writing on the blackboard in front of the entire classroom.

The nine-year-old was carried in a motorised tricycle by another teacher and left outside the front door of her home, bleeding and unconscious, her father said.

The teacher is well known for carrying a wooden stick and for his violent behaviour toward students.

Basmala’s father said that his daughter had suffered from a brain haemorrhage and fallen into a coma after the attack. He added that the school principal had wrongly attempted to treat her instead of calling the ambulance, which worsened her condition.

The teacher was detained for four days pending investigation and was suspended from teaching for three months after Basmala’s father filed a complaint at El-Senbellawein police station in Dakahlia.

Egyptian human rights activist Osama Rushdi tweeted that the teacher’s action was “dehumanising” and referred to the stick as “deadly”.

Taranis al-Arab primary school’s principal was also suspended for failing to inform the police about the assault on the young student.

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