PETALING JAYA: A widely-shared video of a student being abused inside a classroom did not happen in Malaysia.
The Education Ministry said the incident happened in Singapore on Feb 9.
The ministry, said its deputy Datuk Chong Sin Woon, takes bullying very seriously.
Whenever such clips surface, immediate action is taken to investigate the incident, he said.
Describing the incident as a “severe case of bullying”, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan urged netizens not to spread the video.
“This happened at Westwood Secondary School in Singapore.
“Please don’t spread this video and claim that it happened in Malaysia.
“Before forwarding anything, it would be wise to authenticate its veracity to avoid confusion and misinformation,” he added.
A group of students from Westwood Secondary School were filmed punching, kicking and throwing chairs at a classmate in a video that then went viral, Singapore’s The Straits Times reported on Feb 18.
In a video posted on Facebook page Fabrications About Singapore on Feb 15, a student can be heard egging his friends on to “teach” one of their classmates a lesson.
Two students were filmed throwing chairs at a boy who was seated at his table in a classroom and using his mobile phone.
The boy reacts in shock when a chair hits his head.
A student then slaps the boy, before throwing a series of punches and kicks at him.
Soon after, the student overturns the boy’s chair, shoves him to the floor and continues to rain punches on him.