Two students held over boarding school assault

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ALOR STAR: Two Form Five students of a prominent boarding school here were arrested on Monday after one junior lodged a police report on the assault of some 80 students at the school’s dormitory.

Kota Setar district police chief Assistant Commissioner Adzaman Mohd said the duo, both 17, were picked up at their hostels at noon.

He said the boys, who will sit the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination this year, were questioned to facilitate investigations into the complaint by a Form One student, Mohamad Hazim Mohamad Zaid, on the alleged assault that took place last Thursday.

He said the boys were released after police took down their statements.

“We are investigating the case for voluntarily causing grievous hurt and will hand over our findings to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office for the next course of action.

“Since the suspects are underaged, the case will be dealt with under the Child Act.”

In the 2.15am incident, Hazim claimed his right eardrum was ruptured after he was allegedly slapped twice in the face by seniors.

He had also claimed the bullies had brought 30 junior students to his dormitory before they were assaulted, including being asked to do 250 squats.

State Education Department director Mansor Lat said the bullies faced suspension if they were found guilty of assaulting their juniors.

“We have also started an investigation into Hazim’s complaint.

“This is a serious problem and we want to know if such assaults are common at the school.”

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