A widely-shared video of a student being bullied inside a classroom happened in Singapore on Feb 9.
Describing the incident as a “severe case of bullying”, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan urged netizens to stop spreading the video.
“This happened at Westwood Secondary School in Singapore.
“Please don’t spread this video and claim that it happened in Malaysia.
“Before forwarding anything, it would be wise to authenticate its veracity to avoid confusion and misinformation,” he added.
In a video posted on Facebook page Fabrications About Singapore last Thursday, the boy who is recording the incident tells his classmates to quickly “teach” the victim a lesson.
He tells them to hurry before their teacher returns.
Two of the bullies then start throwing chairs at the victim who is seated at a table, fiddling with his mobile phone.
The boy reacts in shock when the chair hits his head.
One of the bullies then slaps the boy, before throwing a series of punches and kicks at him.
Soon after, the bully overturns the boy’s chair, shoves him to the floor and continues to pummel him.
The assailant finally stops when the one recording the footage tells him that it is “enough”.
It remains unclear why the boys attacked their classmate in the viral video.
The uniformed boys who violently bullied their classmate in the video have since been identified as Secondary 3 students from Westwood Secondary School.
Westwood Secondary School principal Abdul Harris Sumardi said on Feb 18 that he was aware of the incident that happened on Feb 9, the Straits Times reported.
The six students, including the victim, have been counselled, he said, adding that the school has also taken “appropriate disciplinary measures”.
“We are also working with their parents to help the students learn from the incident,” he was quoted as saying.
The video, which was shared on Facebook on Feb 15, has garnered over 100,000 views and received more than 3,580 shares and 700 comments.
Many netizens expressed their shock and anger at the students’ behaviour, while some took pity on the victim.