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Dubai Mother to pay 3000 Dhs fine as she went viral againt school

Consider this scenario. You visit your kid’s nursery and spot a teacher beating your son in the classroom. What you would do?

Obviously, you will talk with school administartion. But what if they fail to take any action? You may decide to contact the parents you know whose wards are in the same school to discuss the situation. You do that and guess what? You are peanalized and have to cough up Dhs 3,000 as fine.

This is what happened to a Canadain exapt in Dubai.

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According to this news report, a mother was convicted of insulting a nursery by sending out an email chain to parents of her son’s classmates claiming their children were in unsafe hands.

The Canadian woman was said to have emailed the parents shortly after she alleged to have spotted a teacher beating her three-year-old son on his head inside the classroom.

The mother claimed when she appeared before the Dubai Misdemeanor Court that she emailed the parents after the nursery failed to take action concerning the alleged incident.

The nursery’s lawyer lodged a civil lawsuit in which he asked the Canadian to pay Dh21,000 in temporary compensation against his client’s financial and moral damages. The court fined the mother Dh3,000 and referred the nursery’s civil lawsuit to the Dubai Civil Court.

According to the charges sheet, prosecutors accused the mother of belittling and offending the nursery and publicly promoting an incident that did not take place.

One of the nursery’s partners complained to Dubai police that the Canadian defamed the nursery and falsely informed the parents that a teacher beat her son on his head.

“I emailed the parents out of conscience. I wanted them to know that no action was taken although I complained to the management. I explained in my email that no disciplinary action was taken. I acted out of fairness. I felt that I was obliged to inform the parents about what happened. My biggest mistake was that I didn’t complain to the police,” the mother told the court earlier.

Her lawyer, on the other hand, argued that his client did not commit a crime. He said the defendant acted objectively and did not have any criminal intention.

“She didn’t offend or defame the school. The beating incident happened and the teacher should have been disciplined,” contended the Canadian’s lawyer.

The email chain [addressed to the parents] read: “… whatever the reason was, and no matter how the children were behaving, it gave [the teacher] no right to touch my child. And, my first reaction was to go and report it to the administration, but to my surprise the administration just covered up for [the teacher]. I have pulled out [my son] from the nursery. This is just to warn you as parents of the children in that class. Your children are not safe with [the teacher]. She struck once. She will strike again! The school said she has been with them for six years and that she had no previous record of abuse… what I saw was not ‘merely patting on the side of the head’. It was violent behavior”.

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Owner of Special Needs School in Bur Dubai fled with 1Million Dirhams

Back to School is usually fun. Not for some students with special needs.

school owner flee with moneyAn Australian owner of well-known school for children with special needs in Dubai fled UAE with more than Dh1 million in tuition fees, leaving the families of the pupils in shock just days before the start of the new school year.

Parents said they had received text messages and emails from a British institute in Bur Dubai telling them it would not reopen for the new school year after its Australian owner fled the country.

“They said the owner fled with all the fees paid by the pupils over the past few weeks for the new school year…the fees amount to more than Dh1 million,” the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Emirat Alyoum said.

It quoted a student’s father, identified as Abu Mohammed, as saying: ”The escape of the school owner with the fees paid by the pupils caused shock and confusion to the pupils’ families as the new school year has almost started and it is not possible for us now to transfer our children to a new school as such specialized schools are few and most of them should be full by now.”

He said most parents had reported the school owner to Bur Dubai police but added no one expects a quick solution to the problem.

An Emirati agent for the school’s services, identified as HM, confirmed the school owner had fled the UAE with the money.

“The owner sent me an email saying he had fled because he was heavily indebted and that he was wanted in many court cases in financial disputes, including one filed by his wife,” he said. “He told me that he owes large sums to banks and that he decided to disappear to escape trouble.”

The agent told the paper that he himself was a victim and that he was working with the police and the ministries of labour and social affairs to reach a settlement that will satisfy all parties.

Emirat Alyoum said the school has 30 teachers and 53 special needs pupils, who pay Dh80,000 each in annual school fees. Many of them have already made advance payments of more than Dh20,000 for the new school year.