These few months, after school has restarted from the end of the year hols, more and more news are coming out about bullying in schools week by week.
In Mentakab, Pahang, a 15 year-old schoolboy was assaulted by 10 schoolmates. In another case, a Form 3 student was burnt with hot iron by his seniors when he refused to buy them cigarettes.
Why are there so many bullying cases happening around Malaysia? What more the world? I can now understand why the discipline teacher is the worse job to have in a school...
How are bullies made? There is a saying that goes, "Beat or be beaten". Some students become bullies, because when they first entered school they were bullied by their seniors. And this built them into a bullies themselves, out of anger. Some students bully, just for pure fun. Some bullies are made because they had no one to talk to at home, because their parents were mostly either out working to put food on the table, or do not care at all for their kids.
So, how do you prevent bullying from happening? Schools should instill strict punishment for bullying cases, and also counseling classes for those who bully. Because maybe after counseling, the bully might change into a new leaf. Schools should also instill zero tolerance policy on bullying to ensure that there is efficient enforcement on the rules.
There is this old saying that goes "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This all nonsense! Sometimes words hurt people more than physical pain. Some people just don't understand.
What do you think?