The eighth grader says she has been ridiculed and beaten because her mother is an ethnic minority woman
A police officer in Gia Lai Province has been accused of bringing a gun to his daughter's school, where allegedly she has been racially abused.
According to a statement released by Quang Trung Secondary School in the Central Highlands province, Tran Vu Khiem came on the afternoon of March 2 and hit a security guard in the head with a gun.
The school principal Nguyen Thi Hong said Khiem had “offended some teachers, assaulted the guard and some students.”
Hong said Khiem then attacked one boy who in the same class with his daughter.
Khiem told Thanh Nien that he lost control. “I was wrong," he said.
But he said what he brought to the school was not a gun, but a gun-shaped lighter. He said he attacked the guard after he was refused entry.
The father said he was angry because his daughter, an eight-grader, has been racially abused for years because his wife is an ethnic minority woman.
Khiem said his daughter usually came home crying, saying her friends kept yelling racial slurs and making cruel jokes.
On March 2, he decided to visit the school after his daughter was reportedly beaten by some of her classmates the previous day.
Khiem has apologized the teachers at the school and paid the guard VND5 million (US$225) for medical treatment. The guard needed five stitches for his wound.
The school has not made any statements about the racism allegations and how it plans to protect the student.