Third-grader allegedly beaten for refusing to attend class with a Barbie backpack

A third grade student at Iskandhar school in Male’ was reportedly beaten by his mother after refusing to enter the classroom with a pink ‘Barbie’ backpack, reports Haveeru.

The newspaper reported that many parents and children witnessed the scene, which occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

Principal of Iskandhar School Hussein Saeed told Haveeru that he had talked to the parent and learned that the boy was upset at being made to go to school with “a girl’s backpack”.

The school bought the boy a boy’s backpack and the child was now attending classes, the Principal said.