THERE have been several reports in the media recently regarding an incident between two children that occurred on April 9 at the International School Kuala Lumpur (ISKL).
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ISKL had already published a statement in relation to that particular incident on its official Facebook page on April 16, which is appended below.
In keeping with Malaysian data protection and privacy laws, for the protection of all our children, we are not allowed to share specific information about the children.
In addition to the earlier statement, the school also wishes to clarify the following:
ISKL has a reputation for inclusiveness and caring. This was an isolated incident. We do not have a culture of bullying.
The school has at all times extended its full cooperation to the police in their investigation, and also shared the conclusion of our internal investigation with the police.
Neither child was in school pending the completion of the internal investigation.
One child received medical attention and returned back to school on April 16.
At the conclusion of an internal investigation, the school informed both families of its decision. Any violent acts or behaviour against fellow students will not be tolerated by ISKL, and appropriate disciplinary action for this specific behaviour has been taken according to our school administrative regulations and Student Handbook. The media reports stating that a child was suspended for three days is incorrect.
Official statement (issued on April 16)
The well-being and care of students are at the heart of everything we do and we fully appreciate how emotional the past week has been for everyone involved and how important it is to come to a closure.
We have now completed our internal investigation into an incident involving two students in school. We have also reached out to the families of both students and conveyed the conclusion of our internal investigation.
The ISKL behavioral expectations underscore our conviction that all ISKL community members are entitled to a safe, positive and supportive learning environment that fosters respect, self-discipline and mutual concern. Disciplinary concerns will be dealt with in a direct, respectful, and confidential manner.
Any violent acts or behaviour against fellow students will not be tolerated by ISKL, and appropriate disciplinary action for this specific behaviour has been taken according to our school administrative regulations and Student Handbook.
As previously communicated with our community, upon the conclusion of any incident, our process is to debrief and review our protocols, procedures, and communications, and make changes if necessary. We assure you of that.
One of ISKL’s core beliefs is that open, honest and respectful communication is essential to mutual understanding. We want our community to be assured that ISKL will never shy away from its responsibility to our students and will always stand strong for our community.
It is time to come to a closure with this incident, a time to support each other, a time to look forward to coming together as a community, and to nurture and care for our students and their families.
Dr Norma Hudson
Head of School, ISKL