The parents of a ten-year-old girl from Terrassa, near Barcelona, have denounced an assault by a teacher for drawing a Spanish flag.
On Monday, June 17, 2019, the pediatric ward at Hospital de Terrassa attended a 10-year-old girl assaulted by her teacher for allegedly having painted several Spanish flags accompanied by the phrase “Viva España” (“Long live Spain”) in the final pages of an elementary school yearbook.
The events occurred at the Col·legi Públic Font de l’Alba, where “the teacher screamed at her when she saw her, grabbed her by the blouse and in doing so the girl fell on the floor hitting her back. Then she pulled her by the neck to get her out of class,” according to the A&E report.
The alleged assault caused the girl “injuries in the thoracic-lumbar area, the first finger of the right hand and right inguinal level, where there is a hernia pending intervention. No other symptomatology,” concludes the report.
The pediatrician decided to discharge her “with oral painkillers if necessary,” a sign that the contusions are mild.
Activists platform Aixeca’t (‘Stand Up’), a multidisciplinary group created to challenge the pro-independence lobby in Catalonia, has taken ownership of the case announcing that they will activate criminal proceedings against Míriam N.F. — the teacher who allegedly attacked the girl, and who is openly vocal in favor of secessionism in her social networks.
A number of families opposing Catalan sovereignty — namely relatives of Spanish police Guardia Civil’s members — have denounced the climate of tension and harassment towards their children by teachers in different schools in Catalonia.
Verbal and physical aggression at the level described in the school in Terrassa — 18 mi / 27.4 km northwest of Barcelona — has never been reported before.
Hospital de Terrassa has reserved the medical report’s data for privacy, and by Tuesday afternoon it was impossible to contact the school to obtain their version of the facts.
On June 19, however, news portal ElNacional.cat revealed that the Department of Education had requested its Territorial Services division a report on the allegations.
Spain’s Agencia EFE reported that Secretary General of the Catalonia Education chapter at Comisiones Obreras union, Manel Pulido, has asked that “the presumption of the teacher’s innocence is respected before knowing exactly what happened” and that “she or the teaching staff is criminalized before the investigation starts”.
Pulido called for “neither the media nor the political leaders to question the teacher’s version” and pleaded with the Department of Education for “celerity” in the investigation of facts and the preparation of the corresponding dossier.
In statements to radio network SER the teacher’s entourage questioned the family’s version, and assured that the girl was taken out of class without violence after refusing to perform a task she had been given.