Group: Counselling vital to stem school gangsterism

A HINDU organisation has suggested that the school authorities alert the police of any criminal behaviour or signs of students being involved in gang-related activities without any delay.

The Penang Hindu Association (PHA) said early detection is vital as it could help the students receive counselling.

“We should provide counselling for bullies and their parents to help them change.

“All parties including tea-chers, police, the government and parents have a role to play to make this work,” said PHA deputy president P. Murugiah.

“As a preventive measure, a police suggestion and complaint box should be put up in and outside schools, colleges and public places,” he said.

“The authorities should also launch anti-gangsterism campaigns to educate the students to understand the menace,” he added.

Citing the death of teenager T. Nhaveen to bullying, the PHA suggested that those serving jail sentences for bullying offence, should go through at least two years of counselling.

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