JOHOR BARU: Johor police have urged school authorities in the state to list out the students who are believed to be involved in gangsterism in order to take measures to curb the problem.
State police chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said it was important for the schools to cooperate with the police to overcome the involvement of students in such activities.
He stressed that this situation must be addressed fast and that most teachers would be aware of their students behaviour.
“Schools must not hide cases of their students being involved in gangsterism in order for the problem to be overcome,” he said in a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters here.
Comm Wan Ahmad said that once the school had identified the students, the police would conduct counselling sessions with the students as well as investigate the groups that the students were involved with.
“We have ordered our officers to conduct meetings with the school authorities at least twice a month in order to keep track of the students’ activities,” he said.
It was reported that a 16-year-old student was beaten up by a group of five men at Taman Impian Emas after he refused to be recruited into a gang.
One of the suspects had approached the teenager near SMK Impian Emas at around 1.05pm last Sunday to induce him to become a member of their gang but when the latter refused, he was beaten up.
The suspects, aged 15 to 19 years, have been detained.
Meanwhile, last Monday police arrested seven teenagers, aged 14 to 16, for beating, kicking and punching a 13-year-old teenager near a secondary school in Skudai.