‘American Academy has a responsibility to address student violence’
The case of violence among students at American Academy International School (ISHCMC-AA) attracted public attention Photo: Education & Times newspaper.
A representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training said that the school should be responsible for solving the problem. The Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City also requested the Department of Education and Training of Thu Duc City to coordinate with authorities and schools to solve the incident to ensure psychological safety for students.
Ensuring safety and psychological stability for students
On the evening of May 29, discussing with the Education & Times Newspaper about the incident of violence among students at American Academy International School (ISHCMC-AA, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City), Mr. Trinh Duy Trong – Head of Political Department ideological management of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, said that the Department had worked with the Department of Education and Training of Thu Duc City to understand the incident and had requested the Department of Education to coordinate with authorities and schools to solve the incident. to ensure the safety and psychological stability of students.
“The point of view of the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City is that schools need to be responsible for solving problems such as meeting students’ parents, ensuring student safety, stabilizing psychology, avoiding affecting learning…” – Head of the Political and Ideological Department of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training emphasized.
In order to avoid unnecessary stress in solving the case, Mr. Trinh Duy Trong said that when there is a conflict between students, the school needs to quickly find out and verify the incident as soon as possible. At the same time, actively coordinate with agencies, units (if necessary) and parents of students to handle incidents, manage and educate students.
“On the part of parents, they should calm down, coordinate with the school to understand the situation and work with the school to take the best measures to handle and educate students…” – Mr. Trinh Duy Trong shared.
Previously, on May 28, the Ministry of Education and Training sent an official dispatch requesting the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to direct the handling of the case of violence among students at the American Academy International School (ISHCMC-AA) and send information to the Ministry before May 31. 5. Accordingly, the Ministry of Education and Training proposed the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City to direct relevant agencies and functional units to quickly verify information and handle the case promptly and in accordance with regulations, ensuring safety and stability. psychology for students, teachers and parents.
The school did not handle it skillfully
Regarding the incident, in the past 2 days, social networks stirred when Mrs. THT livestream reported that her daughter was beaten at ISHCMC – AA, suffered severe injuries and psychological trauma. However, according to this parent, when she came to work, the school did not allow her to meet her niece accused of assaulting her child and pushed the matter to the two families to resolve themselves.
Image of some students injured after the scuffle. PHCC’s photo.
On the afternoon of May 29, information from the Department of Education and Training of Thu Duc City said that the Department had received the report from the school and was synthesizing it to send it to the People’s Committee of Thu Duc City and the Department of Education and Training of Ho Chi Minh City. The Department of Education and Training of Thu Duc City did not provide details, but said that in this report, ISHCMC-AA admitted that it was not skillful in handling the case with parents.
According to a representative of Thu Duc City’s Department of Education and Training, from the afternoon of May 27, after the press reflected, this unit made a written request to ISHCMC-AA to report the incident in detail. In addition, this unit also contacted the An Phu ward police and learned that they were working to solve the problem of order and security.
At noon on May 29, ISHCMC-AA’s fanpage (An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City) posted information to parents, students and staff about the incident on May 26. Accordingly, the school said it will not make any further comment on the incident.
“We are saddened to see that an incident within the scope of the school’s discipline has been spread across the media and social networks, causing some negative effects on related and unrelated children. directly concerned, there are even information given that are inaccurate and do not reflect the true nature of the case,” the announcement was quoted as saying.
According to the livestream posted on social media, Ms. THT, a parent who admitted that she had a child studying at ISHCMC-AA in An Phu Ward, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City, said her child was beaten by a classmate after attending. picnic in Ho Tram.
According to Mrs. T, when eating, her son keeps the chair so that you can go get the food. An 8th grader wants to take that seat. I replied that the chair is already occupied. The other girl spoke harshly, but her son THT did not respond. I thought it stopped.
But on May 26, according to this parent, her child was beaten and punched in the chest by a student at the same school. According to parents, the teacher saw it but did not intervene.
Mrs. THT continued that the other grandchild also wanted to drag her child out to continue beating. This parent added that some other students were disgruntled and wanted to protect her child, so the other female student beat her. All four children are said to have suffered psychological trauma, crying a lot, panicking, chest tightness, many scratches and bruises on their bodies.
The mother of the female student involved in the fight (on the left of the photo) discussed with the school representative about the incident but did not receive a satisfactory answer, making her angry and denounced online. (Screenshots)
Meanwhile, talking in the media, Mr. Nathan Swenson – Principal of American Academy International School (ISHCMC-AA, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City) said that the incident took place outside the school. He also informed that when he met students, some of them had scratches and scrapes. So he sent the children to the school health room to check. The nurse determined that the student was scratched, there was no serious problem, so he sent them home.
According to the representative of ISHCMC-AA, the school follows the handling process, inviting related students to talk to find out before working with their families to resolve the matter. However, when they first started talking, parents came over, there was a dispute, they had to stop. Due to the unresolved issue on May 26, the school continued to find out on May 27 to have a solution.
“The school spoke to 14 students. We understand the situation. The next step is to talk to the parents to resolve the issue. Usually, the school handles the matter smoothly to help the children resolve the conflict. conflict, but the matter becomes more difficult when the investigation process is so hindered”, the representative of ISHCMC-AA informed.
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