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Raffles Institution student suffers forehead injury after fencing coach throws a phone at him for “disobedience”

The cut, which was Y-shaped and measured 1.5 centimetres, was located between the student's eyebrows and nose bridge and caused his forehead to bleed copiously

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SINGAPORE — An external fencing coach who was teaching the Raffles Institution fencing team allegedly threw a mobile phone in the direction of a male student who was “disobedient”. The phone hit the student’s forehead, which bled, and the coach has been charged in court for causing hurt by committing a rash act.

The incident was reported by Lianhe Wanbao, and occurred on the afternoon of February 20 of this year at Raffles Institution (RI).

Tan Shi Han, an external coach who was coaching the RI fencing team, was in the middle of a training session with students on the school’s fencing team.

In the middle of the lesson, 26-year-old Tan reportedly threw a mobile phone in the direction of a male student out of anger because of the student’s “disobedience”, and she apparently wanted to “teach him a lesson”.

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The phone, which was aimed in the student’s direction, hit the student’s face and cut him on the forehead.

The cut, which was Y-shaped and measured 1.5 centimetres, was located between the student’s eyebrows and nose bridge and caused his forehead to bleed copiously.

Tan insisted that she did not intend for the phone to hit the student, and she allegedly tried to help stop the bleeding as soon as the incident occurred.

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