Spe­cial agency can help tackle cam­pus vi­o­lence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - AN OF­FI­CIAL FROM THE SUPREME PEO­PLE’S PROCU­RA­TORATE

said it was dif­fi­cult to col­lect ev­i­dence in cases of cam­pus vi­o­lence in­volv­ing mi­nors. He pro­poses set­ting up a spe­cial agency to deal with the crimes of mi­nors. An edi­to­rial on Bei­jing News com­ments:

Ac­cord­ing to the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, the num­ber of pri­mary and sec­ondary school pupils dealt with for cam­pus vi­o­lence was 2,337 be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber this year. But it should be un­der­stood that more cases are left un­re­ported and more per­pe­tra­tors go un­pun­ished.

It is com­mon sense that cam­pus vi­o­lence must be curbed. How­ever, we still lack ef­fec­tive mea­sures to fight it and cam­pus vi­o­lence is still a prob­lem.

The prob­lem lies in the lack of co­or­di­na­tion among var­i­ous de­part­ments. The ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments, the ju­di­ciary, and the po­lice do not work to­gether, and in some cases they sim­ply pass the buck. More im­por­tant, the stip­u­la­tions in the law about cam­pus vi­o­lence are

rather tech­ni­cal and each depart­ment has its own ex­pla­na­tion.

Thus a pro­fes­sional agency able to mo­bi­lize all the re­sources and co­or­di­nate among all the de­part­ments is needed. The agency should be able to co­or­di­nate among the po­lice, the ed­u­ca­tion bureau, and the pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice, so that they can work to­gether for the preven­tion of cam­pus vi­o­lence.

A pro­fes­sional and co­or­di­nated ap­proach is in­evitable if cam­pus vi­o­lence is to be tack­led ef­fec­tively. We need to aim at “pre­vent­ing”, not only “curb­ing” cam­pus vi­o­lence; we do not want cam­pus vi­o­lence to hap­pen in the first place. In or­der to re­al­ize that goal, ed­u­ca­tion is of key im­por­tance.

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