9-year-old girl in Kedah suffers spinal injury due to ‘abuse’ by schoolmates

JERLUN: A Year Three pupil in Ayer Hitam here has alleged that she suffered back injuries after being constantly bullied by her schoolmates.

The girl, who wanted to be only known as Angah, said she was assaulted for not giving in to their demands for money.

She claimed that three pupils, including a boy, had been abusing her since last year.

Two days ago, her mother lodged a police report on the alleged abuse.

Angah, the second of four siblings, said she had to save up her pocket money or ask her older sister in order to pay them protection money.

“They always insulted me and my father and demanded money from me. One of them kicked and beat me up.

“They threatened me, saying they would just tell the teacher I borrowed their money if I reported the matter,” said Angah, 9, when met at her house in Kampung Gerbi, Ayer Hitam, today.

Angah is now using a wheelchair because of the injuries and is fearful of returning to school.

Her mother, who wished to be known only as Asma, 32, said her daughter had been complaining of back pain and had not been able to walk properly since June.

Angah was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah from July 15 to 22 where a scan showed that she had suffered spinal injuries.

“I am disappointed with the school because whenever I complained, they merely said they would investigate,” said Asma, who works at a hospital in Alor Setar.

State Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Dr Salmee Said, when contacted, said she had asked the State Education Department to investigate the matter.