Boy who put scolding video online ticked off


A SCHOOLBOY who filmed a classmate being scolded by a teacher and posted it on the Net, has been let off with a stern reprimand and warning that such an incident should not be repeated. 

Raffles Junior College principal Winston Hodge said the boy would be counselled, so that he understood the implications of his actions and addressed his concerns in a more productive and responsible way.  

The boy has apologised, saying he regretted what he did. 

The boy's parents, who were called in on Wednesday, supported the college's actions. 

The principal said the teacher had also been counselled and that she “acknowledged she could have managed the situation differently.” 

She would be provided with support and advice on how to manage similar situations. 

In the three-minute video, the General Paper teacher was seen telling a student his homework was “outdated and irrelevant” and calling him a “sly, crafty, old rat” before tearing up his work. 

The incident, captured using a personal digital assistant with a built-in camera, was posted online.  

It soon appeared on other websites frequented by students. 

It drew a flood of responses from readers, many of whom defended the student. 

But others were appalled by the student's behaviour, condemning it as an “invasion of privacy.” 

Some of them, like Dr Alka Prakash, 43, a full-time tutor and former university lecturer, said it showed total disrespect for the teacher's authority. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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