Schoolboy, 8, forced to snip off tongue

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PETALING JAYA: An eight-year-old schoolboy is reported to have been forced to snip off the tip of his tongue by several Year Three pupils at a school in Klang on Thursday.

Klang Selatan district police chief Azman Abdul Razak told Bernama a report was lodged by the boy’s mother at about 2.30pm yesterday.

He said the incident occurred at about 6pm at SRK Batu Unjur, in Bukit Tinggi, Klang.

“The victim, Muhammad Alif Shukran Alias, 8, was forced to snip off his own tongue if he did not want to be punched by five students at the school,” he said. Police were carrying out investigations for criminal intimidation.

Muhammad Alif Shukran’s mother, Siti Nurhuda Ibrahim, 29, said he had previously complained to her of being bullied at the school, “but I am not sure if they are the same students involved in this case.”

She said: “According to my son, the five pupils wore paper masks. One of them handed him a pair of scissors and forced him to snip off his own tongue.”

Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said today the ministry had received a preliminary report and was now waiting for the police to complete investigations into the case.

A newspaper report said the boy snipped off his tongue after being threatened by the Year Three students that they would punch him if he did not do as told. The boy was then taken to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for treatment.

Kamalanathan said the ministry would conduct its own investigation only after receiving the full report from the police.

Referring to the incident, Kamalanathan said schoolchildren were prohibited from bringing scissors and knives to school, unless instructed by teachers to do so. “But, some quarters question the ban,” he added, Bernama reported.