student assault

Tongan teacher arrested for beating student

RNZ reports the teacher was arrested and charged with assault after a call to a local radio station by the child's grandmother triggered an investigation.

Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea said the student was treated at the hospital and there were signs he had been beaten on the back.

Mr Vailea said the child was threatened with further violence if he reported the incident.

Mr Vailea said teachers punishing students physically is clearly against the law.