[VIDEO] School Girls Forced To Go Through A Snake-Filled Mud Pool At Boot Camp
A viral video of primary school children going through a muddy pit filled with snakes has surfaced on social media recently
The extremely disturbing video featured a group of primary school girls who had to go through a terrifying experience when they were subjected to the same kind of treatment received by grown-ups at boot camps or at intensive training sessions.
The girls were heard screaming hysterically in fear as they made their way to the other end of the muddy pool with snakes swimming inside. They pushed and climbed on each other as they desperately held on the rope to find their escape.
At some point, several men were heard laughing in the background while the girls were panicking and screaming.
Not only the girls were forced to overcome their fear of the snakes that were slithering around, their task was made difficult when a few men, believed to be their instructors, hosed them down with water and threw more snakes into the pit. The men told them to "be strong and brave".
It is believed that the video that is almost three minutes long was recorded at a motivational camp organised by the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) in Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
According to Malay daily Harian Metro, the said camp was organised by the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM)
It was reported that APM had suspended all such boot camps, pending investigation to find out if the incident had violated the standard operating procedures (SOP).
Perak Civil Defence Colonel Mohd Noor Hassan Ashari Sulaiman explained that they have been conducting such training modules to build of the self-esteem of pupils for the past three years, but stressed that this incident was the first time snakes had been used.
"That's why we are puzzled why the management of the boot camp used that approach because we strictly forbid our personnel from playing or performing using snakes."
"APM is always concerned for the safety of participants and we regret that such incident has occurred although all participants were healthy and safe," he said when contacted by Harian Metro.
The video angered many local netizens who called the exercise "stupid" and "sadistic"
The recorded incident also infuriated Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) who thought of the activity as a case of blatant child abuse
"I was horrified. How can these people throw snakes into the pond and then expect the kids to be brave and climb out of it? This is child abuse," the NGO's chairman, Noor Azimah Rahim, was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
"Whoever the organisers are for this camp, they should be booted out and the camp closed until certain safety standards are adhered to. The parents should also confront the principals for endangering the children's lives. How can they throw the snakes into the pond?"
She also reminded that these are schoolgoing children, not National Service participants.
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