9-year-old slapped four times by school bus attendant

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Leong Siew Yin who slapped a 9-year-old pupil four times on her cheek, was fined $1,000 on 7 January 2016.

A 46-year-old bus attendant pleaded guilty for slapping Primary 4 pupil four times on the cheek.The incident happened in the school hall of the victim’s primary school on Jan 30 last year. Two other charges of using criminal force by pulling the girl by her uniform shirt collar were taken into consideration in sentencing.

In the course of her work, Leong had been scolding the victim and pulling her by her uniform collar. The principal and vice-principal of the school met and spoke to Leong minutes before the incident.

At about 1.45pm the day of the incident, Leong approached the victim at the canteen and told her to follow her to the school hall. The girl sensed that something was amiss and tried to leave but Leong pulled her by the collar to the back of the hall where she slapped her four times on her cheeks.

She warned the girl not to tell anyone about what she had done but she did not realise four of the victim’s schoolmates had followed her to the school hall and saw what she did.

The next day, the girl informed her mother who lodged a police report.

In mitigation, Leong’s lawyer said she had learned that the girl had first hit her daughter with a recorder. Leong could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.


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