Parents with children schooling at full boarding schools are urged to monitor for any changes in their kids’ attitude in order to prevent bullying incidents.
Menteri Besar of Perak, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said that hostel wardens and educators also play a role in taking action upon detecting changes in students.
“Hostel students might use bullying as a way for them to vent their dissatisfaction with anyone or from being forced to enter boarding school.
“Families with children at hostels have to keep an eye out for changes in their children’s attitude; and the same goes for teachers and wardens.
He said this when attending the officiating ceremony of the Ipoh International Art Festival (IIAF) 2021 at PORT, Ipoh yesterday.
He was asked to comment on a recent bullying incident in a full boarding school in Kuala Kangsar.
He stressed that the issue of bullying cannot be taken lightly as it is related to an individual’s internal mentality.
“To me, there is something wrong with an individual who is willing to hurt others—the individual might have no feelings or unstable emotions, which is very dangerous.
“I hope such an incident will not occur again. I cannot understand how those who are recording on their phone have the heart to witness, when they should be providing help,” he said.
Earlier, the media reported that the police had detained six suspects of the bullying case alleged to have occurred at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Kangsar.
The action of several youths believed to be hostel students punching and kicking another student in several videos of 13 to 30 seconds long, went viral on social media, drawing criticism from the public.
Preliminary investigation found that the incident which occurred at about 1am till 2am on December 9 involved seven suspected youths and a victim, all aged 13 years old.