Teen who exposed alleged lewd comment by teacher faces expulsion

Ain Husniza – Malaysiakini photo

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THE student who exposed a comment by her teacher trivialising rape during a lesson on sexual harassment, faces expulsion.

Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam, 17, whose revelation kicked up a storm  nationwide, revealed in a series of tweet last night that she could be expelled by her school in Kuala Selangor.

Initially, she received just a warning letter for not attending classes for three days, and was told that she could face expulsion if this persists.

Following this, her father Saiful Nizam Abdul Wahab, had met the principal and was given the assurance that no such action would be taken.

“However, they went ahead and did this (expulsion) the same day,” she said without specifying when her expulsion took effect.

Ain Husniza had previously said she would be skipping school for safety following rape threats from her schoolmate following her highly publicised exposé on the teacher’s inappropriate behaviour.

She added that she was “beyond heartbroken” by the school’s decision to expel her when she was just trying to do the right thing.

“Teachers, didn’t you yourself teach us higher-order thinking skills, to have our opinions and thoughts? I was just doing what you taught me. Why am I being punished for it?

“The teacher (who allegedly made rape jokes) and the boy who made the rape threat didn’t even (face) any action, but I’m expelled. This would ruin my life.

“How many lives have you ruined, educators? From the stories you tried to sweep under the rug. From the students you tried to silence. From the paedophiles you tried to protect. From the corrupt system you tried to enforce.”

About two weeks ago, Ain Husniza alleged that her physical education and health teacher allegedly told her class that that “if you want to rape someone, do not rape those below 18 years of age, rape those above 18.”

The teacher had also allegedly said that boys who were raped often did not get reported because the victims had “enjoyed” it.

Following this, she had received threats of rape from her schoolmates. The incident had also kicked up a storm nationwide with lawmakers questioning why the teacher was still allowed to continue working.

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