Shuqun Secondary takes disciplinary action against students involved in alleged bullying case

A 52-second video clip posted online showed a boy from the school hitting two other boys on their heads repeatedly. Another boy was seen dancing on the teacher's table in the background while the bullying went on.
A 52-second video clip posted online showed a boy from the school hitting two other boys on their heads repeatedly. Another boy was seen dancing on the teacher's table in the background while the bullying went on. PHOTO: ALL SINGAPORE STUFF / FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Shuqun Secondary School has taken disciplinary action against the students who have behaved inappropriately in an alleged bullying case, said its principal Chia Hai Siang in a statement on Thursday.

Recognising the students' youth and remorse, he noted that the school is counselling them to "ensure they learn and make amends".

"I have spoken to the class and advised them, how as bystanders, they should step up to stop aggressive behaviour," Mr Chia said. "The whole class has resolved to learn from this incident and to support each other to behave better."

A 52-second video clip posted online on Monday showed a boy from the school hitting two other boys on their heads repeatedly. Both victims kept their heads low and did not retaliate. Another boy was seen dancing on the teacher's table in the background while the bullying went on.

The school in Jurong East said in a statement on Monday (Sept 21) that the incident took place last Friday (Sept 18) and that it was counselling the students involved.

The school also said that an adjunct teacher was present when the incident happened.

 
 

The aunt of one of the victims, who declined to be named, told The Straits Times on Wednesday that the two boys in the alleged bullying case had been picked on by the same student over a period of time.

The 38-year-old had accompanied the mother of the victim to meet the school's principal on Wednesday afternoon. Her 15-year-old nephew did not attend the meeting.

"My nephew is scared enough not to go back to school in the last few days," she said, adding that the principal had suggested transferring the bully, who is in the same Secondary 3 class as the two victims, to another class.

She noted that her nephew, who had a few years of martial arts training, had chosen not to retaliate despite the bullying.

"I am amazed by his self-restraint. Not retaliating does not mean he is weak," she said.

The mother of the boy has since lodged a report with the police.