I was shocked last Tuesday when one of my 22-year-old graduating students came to my room for the Final speaking test. Her face was all bruised and scratched! Evidently, there were three nail scratches on her face running right under her eye to the neck. In a second, I thought she had a motorcycle accident, whew! (Perhaps my judgment was influenced by two students who've been absent for classes due to car accident.) Then I asked her what happened to her face, in a teary eye she told me she had a fight with her classmate in the morning and it happened in the classroom.
I was speechless as it was the first time I heard supposedly adult students in a fight and no, not in the university. I maybe can think it's possible for kids but for grown ups and graduating group, it seems it doesn't make sense! Much more that I know this group are brilliant and hardworking , it's just unbelievable!
I was aware that my blood pressure went up. I asked my student who did those to her and added it shouldn't be tolerated. She should have the incident reported to the police and demanded for medicine support. I was so concern that it was her face that was hit and "destroyed" and it can't be good, it is not and never at any time and for any reason! It's so mean and despicable for one to do it to the other and that means there should be justice.
I didn't inquire further, I just couldn't....my emotion started to be on its peak. I just let her go home and told her to rather have the test next week, she was both physically and psychologically unstable she better get a rest, that she deserved.