How do we tackle the problem of bullying in schools? The latest viral bullying video has left Malaysians fuming at the audacity of the perpetrators. The video, involving female students of a Sabah school, saw a girl being bashed up over a perceived slight.
On social media, commenters have called for stiffer punishments for bullying offences to prevent the problem from worsening.
What are your views? Youngsters do not do these things on their own accord. If you’re a YouTube fan, you will no doubt have seen a proliferation of such videos from overseas.
The premise is always the same. A few teens are recording a standoff between two students, which inevitably end in a fight. Monkey see, monkey do. They think it’s cool, aping what other people do. They don’t realise that these things have serious repercussions. All it takes is for the victim to fall wrongly, or a stray punch landing awkwardly, to paralyse a person for life.
BRYAN TENG I’m not saying that fighting among students didn’t occur back in the day, but I think the advent of mobile phone cameras have worsened the case. Back then, you only had to rely on word of mouth to know what happened. Now, everyone’s rushing to record the fight so they can share it among friends. And the bully will want it on video for bragging rights. I don’t think there’s an easy way to fix this.
KEFLI AZIZ This is a societal issue, and as someone pointed out, will not be easy to remedy. This is going to take a monumental effort from parents, teachers, administrators, and most importantly, the students themselves. We need to start from the ground up, which is educating them on what is right and wrong.
It may seem like a simple issue to us, but we need to be patient and work on doing the right thing.
T. SURESH We need to stop with thinking that oh, these are kids, they deserve a second chance.
No. The fact is that we need to make examples of them so that they think twice before pulling a stunt like this. They do not deserve just a slap on the wrist and suspension from school. They need to be tried as juveniles. Bring them to court and instil the fear of the law into them.
This is the only way they and others will learn.