KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities must look into gangsterism in schools as circulars and school prefects may not be the answer to curb bullying, says Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon (pic).
Chong said there were already circulars in place to protect school children but whether they were implemented would need to be “rechecked”.
“We have to work with the police,” Chong told reporters after launching SMJK Chung Hwa Kuala Lumpur’s 97th anniversary on Tuesday.
He was commenting on the case of a Year Two pupil who was allegedly forced to snip off the tip of his tongue by five bullies.
Chong said he was shocked by the news, adding that apart from police investigations, the ministry had ordered the district education office to hand in a report.
He admitted that school bullying had become more “worrisome” in school these days and the ministry would be monitoring social media for such cases.
“We need not wait until somebody lodges a formal report. As long as they appear, we will investigate,” he said.
The alleged bullying happened in a classroom at SRK Batu Unjur, Bukit Tinggi, last Thursday.
The boy’s mother, a 28-year-old cashier, lodged a report the following day at the South Klang district police headquarters.
Police are expected to wrap up investigations this weekend.
Source: The Star