BULLY VIC­TIMS VOW TO CON­TINUE STUD­IES

Stu­dents say they hope in­ci­dent will serve as a les­son to cul­prits

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TWO teenagers who were in­jured in a mass­bul­ly­ing case at their col­lege here have vowed to con­tinue their stud­ies at the in­sti­tu­tion.

They also said they hoped the in­ci­dent would serve as a les­son to the cul­prits, and a re­minder to their fel­low stu­dents.

Both the 16-year-old stu­dents were speak­ing at their ward at Sul­tanah Nur Zahi­rah Hospi­tal in Batu Burok here yes­ter­day.

They were de­ter­mined to con­tinue their stud­ies at the col­lege once they had re­cov­ered from their in­juries.

They are trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent, as was ev­i­dent from their re­count­ing of the or­deal.

“I tried to rea­son with (the bul­lies), but they did not re­lent and con­tin­ued beat­ing me. In a sin­gle night, they beat me up twice.

“And all be­cause of a ver­bal mis­un­der­stand­ing,” said one of them.

One of the vic­tims, who was wear­ing a neck brace, was too weak to speak.

His mother said she hoped that such in­ci­dents would not re­cur and that it would be a les­son for all.

“There have been other sim­i­lar cases (re­ported) that have gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

“Such in­ci­dents ap­pear to de­pict com­i­cal sit­u­a­tions.

“But such bul­ly­ing is se­ri­ous as they in­jure the vic­tims, and the cul­prits must re­alise the grav­ity of their ac­tions,” she said at the hospi­tal.

Tereng­ganu Ed­u­ca­tion, Science, Tech­nol­ogy and Trans­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Ab­dul Lat­iff Awang, who con­demned the as­saults, called for stricter su­per­vi­sion and sterner ac­tion by the state Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

Lat­iff said he was dis­ap­pointed over bul­ly­ing in­ci­dents in Tereng­ganu, where 16 cases were recorded in the first eight months of this year.

PIC BY ROZAINAH ZAKARIA

Tereng­ganu Ed­u­ca­tion, Science, Tech­nol­ogy and Trans­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Ab­dul Lat­iff Awang (sec­ond from right) meet­ing the two stu­dents at Sul­tanah Nur Zahi­rah Hospi­tal in Kuala Tereng­ganu.

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