4-year-old faints from heat in DG Khan after teacher 'locks her up' and goes home

Published: May 23, 2017
Four-year-old Mehwish was found unconscious in a classroom by her parents. PHOTO: Express/File

Four-year-old Mehwish was found unconscious in a classroom by her parents. PHOTO: Express/File

MULTAN: A four-year-old girl was found unconscious in a classroom of a school in Taunsa, Dera Ghazi Khan District on Monday after her teacher allegedly locked her up there as punishment for talking to her friend during class and went home without letting her out.

The girl’s parents said their daughter, Mehwish Muneer, was a nursery student at the Government Girls’ Primary School Cholani.  On Monday, when she did not return home from school, they searched for her in the neighbourhood but failed to find her.

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Muhammad Muneer, the girl’s father, told The Express Tribune that at 6pm they reached their daughter’s school to inquire about her but the gates were locked. The worried parents then entered the school after breaking the locks and desperately searched every classroom.

“I found my daughter unconscious in a classroom of the school,” said the girl’s father.

The four-year-old was rushed to the district headquarters hospital.

Mehwish, after regaining consciousness, said she was talking to a friend during class when the teacher asked her to leave the classroom and locked her up in another room.

“When the school bell rang, everyone left but nobody opened the door of the room where I was locked,” she added.

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The parents of the girl demanded that the Dera Ghazi Khan deputy commissioner should take stern action against the teacher for her negligence. However, the school principal presented an entirely different view.

“Sometimes students play games and hide in different classrooms. The girl [Mehwish] might have fallen unconscious while playing because of the extremely hot weather,” she claimed.

However, the principal added that the teacher would be interrogated and if she was found guilty of negligence, action would be taken against her.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Shahzeb
    May 23, 2017 - 4:40PM

    I pray one day the Principal’s own daughter play hide and seek.Recommend

  • Mirestan
    May 23, 2017 - 5:04PM

    whatever happened, the school; is still responsible for well being of the 4-year-old student. If the principle is protecting the teacher. Both of them should be charged, If Pakistan has any law for the 4-year-old baby.Recommend

  • Andrew
    May 23, 2017 - 5:35PM

    How are we to trust the schools and teachers and instill respect for teachers when teachers are so negligent and uncaring. The child is a 4 year old. She still isn’t cunning or clever enough to create an elaborate story about supposedly talking to her friend and then being locked up. Children this age tell the truth because they have not been sufficiently exposed to lies and therefore are not capable of creating such elaborate fake stories. The teacher most probably had forgotten about the child due to her busy schedule and the heat and wanting to get home after a long day at work. It happens. People forget but where small children are concerned this amounts to criminal negligence. Speaking for myself I would have turned the school upside down for letting this happen to my child. I would not so calmly wait for an investigation. Recommend

  • Jadugar
    May 23, 2017 - 6:31PM

    I am speechless, How can a women, especially a teacher do this to an innocent child.Recommend

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