A Slovakian nun has been removed from teaching after allegedly stabbing a boy in the hand with a needle to show him how Jesus suffered.
The Mirror reports that Sister Ludovita had been teaching religion classes at a school in Kysucke Nove Mesto when she told Adam Celko, 7, to come to the front of the class. She then took a needle and stabbed it into his hand, telling him it was how Jesus suffered and how he would suffer too if he misbehaved.
The nun later said that the class “had been learning about Jesus Christ and personal sin” and that the students had “been invited to voluntarily experience mild pain so they could empathise with the theme.”
The boy’s mother said she was shocked by the nun’s behaviour: “When Adam got home he had a wound on the back of his hand and when I asked him what had happened he told me the nun had done it.
“I was completely shocked. I mean, what on earth was she thinking? And with Easter coming I began to worry about what she would do next – crucify one of the students or hammer a nail into their hands?”
A spokesman for the school said: “We strongly disapprove of this sort of teaching method,” adding that the nun had denied stabbing the boy, claiming he did it himself. “Either way,” the spokesman continued, “This is inappropriate behaviour and will not be tolerated in this school.”
A local priest, Fr Peter Holbicka, also distanced himself from the nun’s behaviour, saying: “The Sister in question has been removed from the school and I shall be taking the matter up with her personally.”