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Coronavirus: Father being investigated for assaulting headmaster over Covid row involving daughter

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A 53-year-old man asked to pick up his daughter who had gone to class despite being positive with coronavirus is under police investigation for assaulting a head teacher, the police said on Tuesday.

The incident at Paralimni gymnasium occurred on Friday and was confirmed by Famagusta police spokesman Andreas Constantinou.

He also revealed that the father is also under investigation for going to his office even though he too had Covid-19, in violation of quarantine decrees.

Constantinou said that an incident had occurred between the school head and a parent last Friday. Police are investigating a case of assault, making threats and insulting the school head.

During their investigations, police had confirmed through the epidemiological team that the man, his wife and daughter had all tested positive for coronavirus.

Police sought out the man and found him in his office. Paralimni police will launch criminal proceedings because the man had broken the quarantine law and was not self-isolating, he added.

The Cyprus News Agency said that even though the student had Covid-19, she had gone to school where the authorities were informed by other parents that the girl and her mother had both tested positive, something which the school head confirmed from other sources.

The school head called the girl to his office and confirmed that she had Covid. He then called her mother, who did not pick up the phone, so he contacted the father.

But when the 53-year-old went to the school, he started swearing and threatening the head teacher.

Constantinou said that once the suspect’s self-isolation period is over, he will be called in for questioning for breaking the quarantine decree.

 

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