Crimes on rise in schools – Boys, girls equally violent

KUWAIT CITY, May 8: According to study conducted recently by the Ministry of Education (MOE) statistics shows crimes in Kuwait schools are increasing at an alarming rate, crimes such as violent behavior, aggressiveness, kidnap, and even attempted murder, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to the study, the schools witnessed 110 crimes over 10 months during the past scholastic year which means a crime is committed every three days by young students.

The study was conducted by the social and psychological services department for the scholastic year 2014-2015. The study revealed 99 crimes were committed by male students — 58 Kuwaitis and 41 non-Kuwaitis.

The report also said 11 crimes were reported from the girls schools — 10 by Kuwaitis and one by non- Kuwaiti student. Statistics also showed the crimes committed included 68 assaults, 31 thefts, 8 sexual harassment, 1 attempted murder and 2 cases of kidnapping.

The schools located in the Farwaniya Governorate topped the list for crimes with 40; Ahmadi came in second place with 23, Jahra 22, Hawally 19, the Capital 5 crimes and Mubarak Al-Kabir just one crime.

The educational sources commenting on this phenomenon said the MOE usually refers the juvenile students involved in crimes to the Ministry of Interior. They are then referred to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and placed under the protection of care homes and with the help of the MOE they continue their studies from inside these homes.

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