But I am not a parent so I wouldn't know how hard is it to teach a kid morals, since I would have to compete with TV, Internet, Games for his attention?
Wah Singaporean getting violent!
During lunch my colleagues and I was talking about this incident, I said to my colleagues the student having felt remorseful should be given another chance, I told my colleagues if I was judge I would do that for the sake of the father and because this young man realised his mistake and was remorseful.
My colleagues argued otherwise, saying he had only shown remorse after realising it is a criminal offence he just did and he could potentially throw his future away because of this lapse in judgement or self-control.
We took a short break (2 hours) and then met again at tea break, I said... ok ok... how about this? let him off this time and make him do community service for one year.
My colleagues... hmmm..yah that seems like an ok punishment.
Kids know by instinct the difference of right and wrong (unless the parental example is that SCREWED up).
Even my cats and dogs at home know when they did something wrong for that matter.
It will be an EXTREMELY sad society we are going to have if we need school to teach kids formally the difference between right and wrong.
He claimed all the so call punching are accidents - what gives man?
Clearly, the boy is being stuborn and havnt "wake up his idea"
I dunno, perhaps its time to show these so called "elite-class" student that regardless of ur current schooling status, u are still liable for your uncilvised actions. Look at the MP Wee's daughter, look at this Hwa Chong boy. Look at a RGS gal who blog racist remarks on her SAE classmates.
And "community service" has been abused by many sch nowadays. Sweeping the classroom floor can also be considered a "community service" nowadays. I dunno wat a dirty floor can teach a kid to turn over a new leaf
I have read another article about an accident which left a railway worker with a brain damage in that area. After that, he changed from being a moral citizen, to an amoral, swearing, misfit. That accident started research of this nature...
Sack him? Cane him with horse urine? Throw him in jail?
The way I see it... this forum is filled with very vindictive people, whose wish to harm the boy in far more vicious ways than that which befits what he did. The way I see it, these thoughts show how much negativity and aggression we have inside... such that we cannot even bring ourselves to give a 1st time offender the benefit of the doubt. That's not much better than what the boy did.
He was cornered and trapped in the bus. He punched the bus driver and the driver ended up with 2 days MC.
Now you want to take this boy's future away from him? He is not a repeat offender. This is his 1st time crossing the line. He should be given a punishment that hurts him, but not one that affects his future prospects.
Everyone deserves a 2nd chance... perhaps even Glenn Knight.
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In any event, the type of punishment meted out would be decided by the judge but I do think that canning, jail term is a little over the top seeing as he appeared remorseful and apologized.
Even his school say it was an accident?
Oh...the act of punching people is considered unintentionally...oh...thats what Hwa Chong teaches???Meaning of Accident quoted from Wikipedia:-
An accident is a detrimental event that occurs unexpectedly and unintentionally. Physical examples include unintended collisions or falls, being injured by touching something sharp, hot, or electric, or ingesting poison. Non-physical examples are unintentionally revealing a secret or otherwise saying something incorrectly, forgetting an appointment, etc.
Seriously speaking, I mean u're on a better ground to actually see things and u had done so. The fact remains:
Elite School: Student riot, student beat ppl = School says misunderstanding, papers splash on main page, a battery of '-ologists' comes out to examine the behaviour on a social, cultural, political, family, etc. Counselling to correct the behaviour.
Normal Schools: Public caning & suspension (probably talk of expulsion), ppl say, "What do u expect huh? Neighbourhood schools all this pattern one.", school apologises and MAKE THE STUDENT apologise as well. Parents also apologise.
Hmm.... see my point my friend?