The last absolute thing any Egyptian parent wants to come across on social media is footage of their child being harmed inside a school. Last night, social media users have been sharing videos posted by a parent, Ehab M. ElDemeri, who claimed that his son and colleagues were beaten up by the Canadian International School of Egypt (CISE) staff.
Allegedly, the P.E teacher and security team members were given instructions by CISE’s operation manager and Head of Security to get physical with students from British Colombia Canadian International School (BCCIS). The father claimed that the fight took place in the presence of the School Principle with the permission of the school owner, Khaled Hamam.
The parent further explained that the students are minors -16 years old- and were kept inside the school campus for two full hours without being able to contact their parents. Later during the day, the police arrived and ElDemeri claims that the school was less than honest about the incident.
The violent footage and post caused panic amongst Egyptian parents as it did not make sense. This is not a full story. Why would any school act this way towards students? A few hours later, another parent, Maha Mahmoud, posted videos showing how the whole fight started. We contacted the parent and she shared her full side of the story.
“It was a basketball match and CISE won the match. The players from BCCIS waited in front of the school and didn’t want to leave. Our school principal tried to talk to them but unfortunately, they refused to leave. One of the boys from our school went out of the gate with his little sister to go to their mom. Ten BCCIS students started hitting him aggressively and even hit his sister in front of his mom. They hit the principal and our Coach in the face. The boys were completely out of control. The police came and they investigated, they wanted to take the boys who started the whole thing but our school owner refused because he thought that they are just kids and this will affect their future.”
ElDemeri later took again to social media to explain that this is not about a match, this is simply a way for the P.E teacher and security team to brag in front of students.
School fights happen all the time, yet it is always a disappointment when a son takes his social and educational status for granted and forget how hard parents work for him. There must always be consequences. Under no conditions should we justify why our kids are acting like thugs and endangering fellow students. Yet, this is not about a boys brawl, this is about claims that school members got physical with students.
We expect both schools to release official statements regarding the incident for the parents’ sakes.