Teacher forced child to wash mouth with soap

Teacher forced child to wash mouth with soap
The boy was five years old when the abuse happened. School photo: Shutterstock
A former teacher at a private infant school in Ravenna has been sentenced to a year in prison after forcing a child to wash their mouth out with soap to "clean blasphemies".

The 55-year-old, convicted of aggravated child abuse, also locked the boy, who was five years old at the time, in a cupboard and “pulled his hair and ears”, La Repubblica reported.

The abuse only came to light in 2011, when the child moved on to primary school and asked teachers there what punishment he would get for misbehaving or not doing his homework.

He then told them about the type of punishment he received while at infant school.

The ex-teacher was also told to pay the child €12,000 in compensation, and a further €4,000 to each of his parents.

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