PETALING JAYA: The mother of a Form Four student at a boarding school in Perak has demanded the expulsion of a group of seniors who assaulted her son in September, causing him to suffer a groin injury.
“This warrants nothing less than an expulsion,” said the woman, who wanted to be known only as Puan F.
She said a group of Form Five seniors who assaulted her son on Sept 24 had been punished with only three strokes of the rotan and told to do community service.
Puan F questioned why the school did not enforce the “you touch, you go” policy under which bullies are expelled for assaulting a fellow student. She said the attackers were a danger to others, especially at a boarding school.
She added that the doctor who treated her son at a government hospital had also lodged a police report and his statement had been taken.
According to Puan F, the school management convened a meeting the next day with her and her husband to discuss the case but offered no immediate solution. She said the parents of the assailants were also not present at the meeting.
“They told us they needed some time to investigate. We only found out later that these boys were just caned and ordered to do community service as punishment.
“We asked the supervisor for a meeting where he just told us about the disciplinary action that had been taken. So we asked for it in writing but until now, nothing has been given to us,” she said.
FMT is withholding the identity of the school, pending a comment.
Kuala Kangsar police chief Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob confirmed to FMT that the case was investigated under the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.
“The doctors treating the boy have confirmed that he did not suffer any serious injuries,” he told FMT.
Omar said the investigation papers of the case had been referred to the Perak police headquarters on Oct 20 for further instruction.
Relating the incident, Puan F said her son had been one of approximately 100 Form Four students who were ordered by a group of seniors to assemble outside their dormitory after midnight.
The seniors then allegedly charged at those assembled, in what was described by her son as a “rugby tackle”.
“My son was in the front of the group and he bore the brunt of it. He suffered an injury to the groin from the tackle and fell over. Several others on the front row were also injured,” she said, adding that her son was taken to hospital several hours later and kept under observation for a day.
He reluctantly returned to school after having missed two weeks of classes as it was the exam week, she said.
“Unfortunately, he had to face the same students who attacked him. And these students remain house captains and prefects, with other ranks intact,” she said.