Students allegedly forced to strip and do push-ups for uploading clip to YouTube

Tuesday November 20, 2012

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GROUP of Form Five students were allegedly ordered to remove their pants and perform 700 push-ups by three teachers who were said to be angry over a video that the students had uploaded to YouTube.

The 17 students from a boarding school in Johor Baru were also allegedly slapped, kicked and punched by the teachers when the students failed to comply with the demands to strip.

Harian Metro said the video in question carried a three-minute footage of the students imitating funny antics from a reality television programme.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Nov 5 after the students had sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Mathematics paper.

“I was informed (of the incident) by a father of another student from Kuala Lumpur.

“As a result of the incident, my second child is now traumatised and has become quiet and reserved,” said a victim’s parent known only as Amir, 47.

He said the video clip did not contain any offensive elements against the school and that the recording was merely made “for fun”.

“As if the humiliating demands were not enough, the teacher went further by threatening to blacklist the students’ SPM and school-leavers’ certificates if they were to mention the incident to their parents.”

Amir has lodged a report of the incident at the Sentral police station on Sunday.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zakarshi said the ministry would investigate the allegations.