In a moshav in southern Israel, a child in a talmud torah was struck, shocking the child’s parents and reportedly, many parents in the community.
According to the Kikar Shabbos News report, a veteran melamed in one of the older grades struck the child quite hard after the child was not behaving. The child decided not to remain silent, for this was not the first time the melamed struck a child. He phoned police and a patrol car responded to the talmid torah and a complaint was filed against the melamed.
A number of rabbonim intervened, speaking with the parents of the child who phoned police. They pressured parents to have the complaint dismissed, explaining it was a chilul Hashem, and for other “unspecified reasons”. The parents gave in to the pressure from the rabbonim.
Parents were angered, as they feel this particular melamed “was too quick to use his hands against children”. Kikar News quotes them saying, “Now, this שור המועד’ is once again free to continue to act as he does towards his victims”.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)