Dad files police report over daughter's alleged bullying at Yishun Secondary School

Mr Jeffrey Pay filed a police report as a last resort after his 13-year-old daughter was bullied in school over several months.
Mr Jeffrey Pay filed a police report as a last resort after his 13-year-old daughter was bullied in school over several months.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JEFFREY PAY

SINGAPORE - A father made a police report as a last resort to stop alleged bullying behaviour by a boy in his daughter's class.

Mr Jeffrey Pay, a 45-year-old security supervisor, had made a series of Facebook posts explaining how his 13-year-old daughter was allegedly bullied by a boy in her Secondary One class in Yishun Secondary School.

Mr Pay told The Straits Times on Saturday (Oct 14) that the problem began in January, escalating in May.

He said it started out with "casual remarks" about the girl's uniformed group - National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC).

The boy, who is from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) uniformed group in school, would drop comments like "I got my uniform, you all slow" or "Your footdrills are lousy". The bullying allegedly happened online too.

However, the last straw for Mr Pay came last week before an examination when his daughter accidentally knocked into the boy while shifting a table.

He claimed the boy yelled a vulgarity at her, which affected the girl for the rest of the day and her performance in the exam.

Mr Pay said he approached the school in person three to four times to resolve the matter.

"The school said they have taken disciplinary action against him, gave him counselling and informed the parents," he said.

However, the bullying behaviour which came in the form of disparaging remarks did not stop, so Mr Pay went to the NCC in hopes they would discipline the cadet. He also reached out to the Ministry of Education.

He was directed back to the school, Mr Pay said. As a last resort, he made a police report on Thursday (Oct 12).

The police confirmed with ST that a report was lodged. The spokesman added that the complainant was advised on his legal recourse.

Yishun Secondary School principal Ng Shok Yan told ST on Monday that the school has engaged Mr Pay several times "to explain the counselling, discipline and reconciliation actions".

"These actions are in line with our school values, practices, rules and regulations," she said. "Our purpose is always to educate the students involved so that they will learn from the incident, mend relationships and not make the same mistakes in future."