Abu Dhabi: A seven-year-old boy was injured by a fellow pupil at a private school in the capital on Tuesday and is not yet able to open his eyes, Gulf News has learnt.
Firas Ihsan, a Grade 2 pupil at the International School of Choueifat in Abu Dhabi was allegedly hit on his face with a book by a girl also enrolled in Grade 2, his father Ihsan Ullah told Gulf News on Wednesday.
“While incidents may occur between children, what concerns me is that the injury occurred at 11am but no one from the school contacted me. A friend of ours went to pick up her child from the school at 3:30pm and found my son crying, and then contacted us,” Ihsan Ullah said.
Due to the delay in being informed, the 35-year-old Pakistani owner of a construction company in the capital was unable to find medical treatment quickly for his son, he said.
“I picked up my son immediately from the school and first went to two private hospitals, which finally referred us to the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) for treatment at about 9pm. Till now, after more than 24 hours since the attack, my son is crying in pain when he tries to open his eyes,” the worried father said.
While the initial SKMC medical reports state that Firas is suffering from eye trauma or corneal abrasion, his father said a detailed report is expected today.
“I want to know what may have provoked the girl to hit him but my son has been sleeping a lot ever since the attack, so I have not been able to ask him. We are hoping that a new set of medicines and eye drops prescribed this morning will alleviate his pain,” he added.
Ihsan Ullah also expressed his concern about being unable to reach the school’s principal since the incident.
“I went to the school the day after the incident (Wednesday) but was only able to speak to the head corridor supervisor, who said the injury happened accidentally. But my wife and I still do not know what transpired in the classroom, and we want to hear from the teacher who was present. We also want to know why we were not contacted after this incident, and why my son had to go to the school clinic on his own,” he said.
Despite repeated attempts by Gulf News, the school’s principal was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.
In April, another attack by Grade 4 boys at Al Ma’ali International Private School in the capital initially left Loujain Hussain, an 11-year-old pupil of Grade 7, hospitalised for nearly three weeks. The incident created widespread concern about bullying and aggression in schools.