No Torture. No
one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
and his friends have a new teacher. His name is Mr. Akers. When they
meet Mr. Akers for the first time, he seems very serious. He tells them
that he knows bad things about them from other teachers. He tells them
that with him it will be different.
Clay and his friends do not understand. Yes, they can do silly things
sometimes, but they are not bad kids.
During the school year, Mr. Akers turns out to be a very different
teacher. He has "special methods."
If a student fails an exam, Mr. Akers makes fun of them in front of
If a student does not know the answer to a question, Mr. Akers calls
If a student asks too many questions, Mr. Akers simply laughs and turns
Many students feel upset. They try to talk with Mr. Akers, but it seems
that he gives them no respect. They feel that they are treated as if
they have no value. They start to lose their own self-respect.
Some stop listening in class. Others even stop coming to class. A few
get very mad at the teacher. They cannot show their anger openly, so
they do it secretly.
One time the teacher's desk is found broken. Another time the board is
all sprayed. Mr. Akers sees this and everything becomes even worse.
Clay sees this too. He realizes it just gets worse and worse. He talks
with his friends and they decide to make a petition and give it to the
In the petition, they explain what happens in Mr. Akers classes. "He is
our teacher and his job is to help us, not to make fun of us. We
deserve respect too," they write.
The principal agrees with the students. "This is not teaching, this is
torture!" he says. Mr. Akers leaves their school. Clay and his friends
get a new teacher!
The new teacher treats them with respect and tries to help them. He
encourages them. He knows this is the best way to teach. It is not
easy, but little by little, things get back to normal at the school.