Ali Rıza Etçi / Istanbul, May 28 () - An investigation has been launched into a primary school principal who was seen in a video throwing money over students who were successful in a competition, after the footage went viral on social media.
The Central Anatolian province of Karaman’s governorate announced via its official website that a probe has been launched into the principal of the Başyayla primary school, Ümit İbrahim Öztürk, after footage showing Öztürk throwing money over the heads of successful students in front of the whole class had gone viral on social media platforms and hit the news.
In a clip put on the official website of the Başyayla primary school, Öztürk was seen scattering money over the heads of students who were successful in a book reading contest or ranked in the first three places among their classmates according to their report cards.
Öztürk threw 20 Turkish Liras over the heads of the winners, 15 liras for the runner-ups and 10 liras for the students who came in third place to motivate the other students. He is seen calling the successful students to the middle of their classes and scattering money over their heads.
In the video he can be heard saying, “Let’s throw money around your head. I had these brought from the bank brand new. Enjoy it.”
The clip was removed from the school’s website after parents and the local governorate filed complaints about the issue.