An English teacher is under investigation after allegedly humiliating two year-4 students, forcing them to wear bells and mocking them as cows.
The incident took place in Sungkai in Malaysia. The two year-4 children failed to bring in their English homework so their teacher firstly made them wear bells around their necks; then called them cows; then pulled out handfuls of grass and tried to make them eat it, threatening them with 10 strokes of the cane if they refused.
The two children (aged 8-9) did refuse and later their parents filed an official complaint with police. The allegations came out in a press conference given by the parents but so far the school has refused to comment.
There are also allegations that the teacher posted photos of the children on Facebook but the teacher has denied this.
Last October a number of schools in Malaysia (nominally secular) were heavily criticized after ceremonially slaughtering cows as part of a religious festival. Non-Muslim students reacted badly to this.
Further Details – from the local Sungkai newspaper
Cow Slaughtering in Malaysian Schools – newspaper article
Teaching English in Malaysia – a general look at working in Malaysia