Family attacks Kirkuk teacher over fighting mediation

Kirkuk, 2022: A member of the Iraqi Security Forces ISF on duty downtown. KirkukNow

By KirkukNow in Kirkuk

A teacher of an elementary school of Kirkuk was attacked by relatives of a student as the teacher mediated to put an end to a fighting between two students out of school while he was heading home on Saturday.

The relatives of one of the fighting students, following the fighting, assault the teacher at home and threaten him by gun as the CCTV of the neighbors show.

“I put an end to their fighting and told them will be dismissed from school if they don’t listen,” said Ahmed Shakir, 30. “I went back him. The door was knocked and I came out, opened the door to shake hands with the father who attacked me so I was obliged to defend myself.”

“They were 3-4 persons. One of them shot gunfire. The father asked his son to throw stones at me to disgrace me,” said Shakir, a contract-employed lecturer teaching in the elementary school in the last four years.

A video by the CCTV of the neighbors shows the moment the relatives of the students who assault the teacher at the front of his house in the neighborhood of Asra and Mafquding of Kirkuk.

KirkukNow could not get immediate response from the family of the student.

There are over 1,300 schools and nurseries in Kirkuk for over 356,000 students, according to figures of the general commission of statistics in 2017-2018.

Located 238 kilometers north of Baghdad, the oil-rich city of Kirkuk is an ethnically mixed province for 1.7 million Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, Muslims, Christians and Kaka'is. It has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the Erbil.

Video: relatives of a student attack a teacher at home

The provincial security forces confirmed the incident.

The teacher has filed a lawsuit at Domiz police station, south of Kirkuk, saying he was attacked by relatives of a student while he was at home, a security source anonymously told KirkukNow.

The teacher attended court to testify in the case.

“I have been contacted by the family of the students to sort out the issue tribally (out of court) but I want it to be judged by law,” Shakir defiantly said. “No official party or authority has contacted me so far about the accident. You are the first media contacting me to convey my voice.”

Article four of the law for protection of teachers dictates 1-4 years-in-prison for any one assaults a teacher or an educational supervisor.

A source in directorate general of education in Kirkuk on the condition of anonymity told KirkukNow the teacher was contacted in order to testify in front of the legal department to file the case to the ministry of education in Baghdad.

Currently, Iraqi army, local and federal police, Special Forces along with Shiite paramilitary of Popular Mobilization Forces PMF, undertake the security of Kirkuk province and the disputed territories. 

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