Five teenage boys detained for bullying schoolmate

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Victim suffered swelling in the vicinity of his left rib cage and had received treatment at a hospital.

Five 16-year-old boys were arrested around Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Johor Baru over their suspected involvement in the bullying of a secondary school student in Muar district, on Dec 9.

Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Zaharudin Rasip said the five were arrested yesterday around Kuala Sungai Baru, Melaka, Kajang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor Baru.

He said a police report was lodged on Tuesday over the alleged bullying of a 14-year-old male secondary school student by senior students at his school in Muar district.

“Following the incident, the victim suffered swelling in the vicinity of his left rib cage and had received treatment at a hospital.

“Preliminary investigations found that the incident stemmed from some senior students who were dissatisfied with the attitude of the victim and his friends, causing them to be bullied,” he said in a statement last night.

All the boys will be remanded today at the Muar Court.

The case was being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both if found guilty, he said.

“The police are serious about criminal cases involving students, especially bullying in schools, and will not compromise with any party involved,” Zaharudin said.