No mercy for violent schoolkids, says union

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2009

MIRI: Show them “absolutely no mercy”. This is the Sarawak Tea­chers Union’s reaction to the video footage of a gang of secondary school students in Mukah kicking, stomping on and punching a fellow student.

The assault – videotaped and posted on the YouTube video-sharing website on Saturday, with the attackers and victim in school uniform – was too vicious and calculated in nature, it said.

The union has recommended that the Education Ministry expel the students and that the incident be classified as a criminal offence, and not a case of student indiscipline.

The union wants the students arrested and charged under the Penal Code for assault and for their pictures to be published in the newspapers.

Union president William Gani Bina told The Star yesterday: “We have seen the footage of the assault. It is too vicious for comfort. This is not a normal case of school bullying. The victim could have died or suffered permanent injuries in the assault.”

He had told the Director-General of Education that the union felt that no mercy be shown to the attackers even though they might be students.

“We cannot allow this sort of violent conduct in school. An example must be set so that all students will understand that we will not tolerate this form of violence, regardless of where it is committed,” said Gani.

The assault was said to involve Form Three students in a school in Dalat district in Mukah Division in central Sarawak.

Gani said it did not matter what sparked the assault because there was no excuse for such violence.

The union had been besieged by calls from worried parents all over the state, he said.

“Most of the students are good. However, the presence of a handful of violent students makes life hell for all,” he added.

“Parents have demanded that swift and stern punishment be meted out to the attackers in the Mukah incident.”

It is learnt that the police in Mukah are seeking to interview the parents of the students and had spoken to the management of the school involved.

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