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Tuesday , January 26 2021

Spike in violence among students rings alarm bells

KUWAIT CITY, March 14: Alarm bells are ringing to warn about the phenomenon of violence among students that has crept into schools, and can lead to undesirable consequences if Ministry of Education does not take proper measures to remedy its causes.

For instance, sources from Ministry of Education revealed that a student of a girls’ high school in Mubarak Al-Kabeer area found inside her school bag the head of a sheep bearing a written note in its mouth which said, “Today is the sheep, tomorrow is your head”.

The students in the classroom were frightened by the scene and some fainted. The school principal rushed to the classroom and ordered a school cleaner to put the sheep’s head inside a plastic bag and throw it in the garbage bin. After hearing about the incident, the Director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Educational Zone Mansour Al-Daihani, along with the acting director of Education Affairs and supervisor, rushed to the school and issued orders to refer the school principal for investigations.

The investigation focused on the fact that there was negligence and lack of supervision which allowed for the sheep’s head to be brought into the school and the classroom without anyone noticing. Al-Daihani blamed the principal for the malfunctioning of the security cameras, which made it easy for an incident of such a magnitude to take place as well as for her lack of effort in taking the necessary measures concerning the incident.

The affected student’s mother explained that she was on the verge of reporting the matter to the police in fear of the life of her daughter. However, the education department of the educational zone managed to convince her to settle for an internal investigation, and promised that the perpetrator will be found and punished. So far, the officials involved in investigating the case have not found the perpetrator despite attempts to urge other students to name the culprit. Meanwhile, statistics issued by Ministry of Education’s Psychological and Social Affairs Department reveal that schools around the country witnessed 33,000 cases of behavioral disorder during the 2016/2017 academic year. These cases include 11,002 cases of verbal abuse, 8,465 cases of physical abuse, and several cases of use of drugs and intoxicants.

By Rana Salem Al-Seyassah Staff

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