Between 12 and 1 p.m. yesterday, police arrested 11 male pupils from a secondary school in Kuala Nerus, in order to aid police with an investigation into a beating case involving their classmates.
All students aged 14 to 17 were held while attending to speak at the Kuala Terengganu District Police Headquarters.
The suspect allegedly hit and kicked the 14-year-old victim at about 11.30 p.m. last Thursday, according to Kuala Terengganu District Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahim Md Din.
“Following the incident, the victim made a police report at about 9.40pm yesterday (Sunday),” he added, adding that the victim had minor injuries and bruises scattered across both thighs.
According to preliminary findings, the event was caused by a misunderstanding between them, though some netizens have speculated that the incident may have been the aftermath of bullying.
Either way, violence among students remains a prevalent and concerning affair in Malaysia.
“All of the suspects were remanded for three days under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting,” he said.
According to the law, individuals guilty of rioting may be with imprisoned for a term which may extend to two years, or with a fine, or with both. The offence is bailable.
All of the suspects had already been transported to the Kuala Terengganu Court Complex for a remand order. Senior Assistant Registrar Norina Maludin of Kuala Terengganu then ordered that all of them be remanded for three days, until this Thursday, for additional investigation.
Earlier this year, officers from the Perlis Police Department were assigned to schools across the state to look for incidences of bullying, physical assault, and crime among pupils. An officer and a policeman were claimed to be stationed at senior schools, while an officer was stationed in primary schools.
The decision was made in response to a case that took place in January whereby seven adolescents were arrested in Sabah for allegedly assaulting a student at the regular market venue.
While their accomplice captured the event on tape, five of them ganged up and punched and kicked the boy senselessly.
Several news sites have also since probed students to report such cases in order to curb them.