Vietnamese girl slashes wrist after argument with teacher

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Education authorities in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai are investigating an incident in a school in which an 11th grader slit her left wrist Tuesday after a teacher refused to let her speak in class.

The girl, only identified by her initials T.T.T.Y., was rushed to hospital where doctors said her artery was not cut, Tuoi Tre reported.

Classmates and Y.'s sister, who is in the same school, said Y. and her Biology teacher N.T.E. had been having arguments about the teacher's teaching methods.

Y.'s sister, a 12th grader, said on the day of the incident Y. had intended to asked E. why she was teaching extra hours for almost all other classes in the school but not hers.

Classmates had blamed Y. on the discrimination, as she had angered E. earlier by telling her to change her teaching method. The teacher gave 10 of them including Y. a score of one out of 10 after asking them questions not in their syllabus.

She was asked to leave the class that day for "overreacting."

The class teacher said he had to persuade E. to let the girl back in. Y. had never been a mischievous girl, he said.

E. is reputed to be one of the best Biology teachers in the entire province.

Tran Huu Thap, deputy director of the province education department, said no matter who was in the wrong, the teacher "had not behaved well" in causing such a response.

The school should encourage the teacher to visit Y. and mollify her, he said.

He gave the school one week to clarify what had happened.

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