Mr Ong Ye Kung Says Mee Toh School Will Discipline Bullies Appropriately
Last Friday (6 Mar), a tweet went viral in Singapore, but not for the right reasons.
She had allegedly been racially taunted, with the bullies passing notes containing hurtful comments.
Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung took to Facebook on Tuesday (10 Mar) to condemn the bullies’ acts. He emphasised that their actions cannot be excused because of young age.
Mr Ong Ye Kung says age cannot excuse bullying
Mr Ong said in his Facebook post that he was “dismayed and troubled” by this heartwrenching incident.
This is bullying, is wrong and cannot be tolerated anywhere, especially in schools.
He added that it contradicts some of Singapore’s fundamental values.
More importantly, the fact that it was done “out of mischief” or the bullies’ young age cannot be used as excuses for their hurtful actions.
It does not matter whether the students might have done it out of mischief or that they are only Primary 5 students…
Mee Toh School will discipline students accordingly
Mee Toh School, where the case took place, told MS News that they are aware of the incident.
School officials have also met the victim’s mother following the incident.
The school takes the incident very seriously and will follow through with appropriate disciplinary actions for the students involved.
Several students bullied netizen’s sister
The bullies had allegedly taunted the netizen’s sister several times and targetted her race.
They also wrote notes calling her “ugly”.
The bullying got so severe that the young girl resorted to eating in the toilet — the only place she could cry and eat at the same time.
Let’s do better as a society
Bullying – and any other harmful actions for that matter – cannot be excused. Whether it’s young age, ignorance or ‘for fun’, their actions cannot be reversed.
Even though the bullies were young in this case, their actions were deliberate. Yes, they might not have known better, but that does not mean they did not hurt another person.
We must pass on good values while our children are still young so they will have a good moral foundation.
Take it from Mr Ong himself:
Our values of kindness, respect for others, cohesiveness as a multi-racial society must be inculcated from a young age, with the collective effort of families, schools and community.
Let’s all do better together as a society.