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Pupil, 9, threatens to rape teacher

A nine-year-old pupil allegedly threatened to rape his teacher in Malaysia's Kedah state, first by calling her and then sending her an SMS threat.

The boy phoned his teacher and followed up with an SMS that read: "Teacher, wait I will rape you, soon."

Her colleague, who contacted The Star newspaper, said the threat from the Primary Three boy has sent shockwaves throughout the school in Kupang, about 50km from Sungai Petani.

"She is traumatised that her pupil had boldly made the threat," said the colleague, a 29-year-old teacher from Alor Gajah, Malacca, who now teaches at the Kedah school, reported The Star.

The pupil had allegedly acted in such a menacing manner because his friend was not appointed the class monitor.

The 39-year-old victim was at her home in Bandar Putri Jaya, Sungai Petani, when she received the threat at about 10.30pm last Thursday.

BOYISH TONE

Terrified, she asked her husband to check out who had made the call, which was in a boyish tone.

The husband called back the number using a public phone. A man, believed to be in his 30s, answered.

The man admitted that his nephew had used his mobile phone and that he would punish the boy and report the matter to his parents.

The teacher lodged a police report at the Kuala Muda police headquarters last Friday.

This was confirmed by a senior police officer.

When contacted, a man claiming to be a senior assistant at the primary school said they had summoned the boys' parents to the school yesterday.

"We want to find out what prompted the pupil to make the threat against his teacher and whether the child needs psychiatric help," he said.

Anti-crime activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye wants the Kedah education department to make a full probe into the matter.

Mr Lee, the Malaysia Crime Pre­vention Foun­dation vice-chairman, said remedial measures were urgently needed to curb rising cases of delinquency among schoolchildren.