Elementary school teacher arrested over beating student to death

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Police in Cairo have arrested a teacher for allegedly beating an elementary school student to death.

Local reports, which named the teacher as Walid M., said he was arrested from his home in the district of Kerdasa in the Giza governorate.

Islam Sharif, a 12-year-old fifth grade student, died on Sunday after three days of battling injuries sustained when a school teacher beat him inside Port Said Martyrs school in Cairo’s Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood.

He was beaten for not doing his homework, eyewitnesses and fellow students said. He suffered head injuries and a brain hemorrhage, forensics reports noted on Sunday.

The teacher said he had “no intention to kill the student but the beating was part of discipline,” state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The teacher was initially investigated for “use of brutality.” However, as the student has died, he may be charged with attempted murder, prosecution sources told local media.

The incident prompted resentment among the Egyptian public, vowing to implement the fullest extent of the law against the teacher and to stop the use of brutality against children in public schools.

Last year, Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood said attacks on children had increased by 55 percent between January and October compared with the average over the previous three years. It said 50 percent of the cases of violence against children were registered in schools.

In September 2014, an Egyptian court sentenced the head of an orphanage to three years in prison on charges of torturing and abusing children. A leaked video showed Osama Othman, manager of Dar Mecca Al-Mokarama Orphanage, physically abusing a group of children at the centre.