SINGAPORE - A video involving students harassing one another is making the rounds, this time involving students believed to be from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).
In the video clip, which was e-mailed to The Straits Times on Monday (March 22), a group of men clad in black T-shirts can be seen urinating on two naked men in a shower cubicle on the school grounds.
The two men were made to squat and face the wall.
Police said they were alerted to the alleged incident at 535 Clementi Road on Monday at about 9.50pm.
In the video, which was also posted on various social media platforms, one of the men dressed in black shouts "No showering!" when a victim tries to clean himself.
It is not clear when the video was posted on the social media platforms, but one of the participants had a surgical mask dangling from one ear.
The students were allegedly from the NP Students’ Union (NPSU).
In a statement on Tuesday, NP said that it is aware of the video circulating on social media, adding that it takes a serious view of the matter and does not condone or tolerate any form of misconduct.
“As part of our investigations, we have identified the students involved. None are freshmen. We have also ascertained that the incident did not take place during our freshmen orientation programme or as preparations for this orientation programme,” said the polytechnic.
Criminal lawyer James Ow Yong from Kalco Law said if the victims did not consent to being urinated on, the parties who urinated on them may be investigated for using criminal force. Offenders younger than 21 may face probation or reformative training instead of the conventional sentences.
NP said that it is conducting an internal disciplinary inquiry and will act against students found to be in breach of their student code of conduct. It has also reached out to the students involved to extend counselling support.
Previous cases at universities here
Nanyang Technological University investigated inappropriate student behaviour at one of its freshman orientation camps. This came after a video circulated on social media showing a group of males and females chanting an inappropriate word while gyrating and gesturing at their genitals.
Students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) taking part in an orientation camp were investigated after stripping during an unofficial outing to Siloso Beach on Sentosa. They had removed their clothing and undergarments in a game where teams had to form the longest line using articles of clothing. Some said they felt uncomfortable when they were pressured to strip.
Some students from NUS were forced to take part in sexualised activities during an orientation camp. A freshman was grabbed from multiple directions by different students during one game that involved soap and water.
She also had to watch her male and female peers re-enact an incestuous rape scene as a forfeit.
Following an investigation, NUS penalised 30 senior students.