A seven-year-old has became the latest victim of bullying yesterday
A Year 1 pupil of a boarding school in Kapit has succumbed to his injuries at the Sibu Hospital in Sibu at 3.30pm, Tuesday, 24 August, The New Straits Times reported.
Identified as Jackson Nuing Awe by Harian Metro, the seven-year-old was allegedly assaulted by his senior, a Year 6 pupil, in a case of bullying.
The boy was admitted to the hospital for two days, but doctors could not save him. A preliminary investigation showed that he was punched and kicked multiple times before he fell unconscious.
He suffered serious head injuries and had bruises on parts of his body, according to Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Amer Awal
The incident took place at the hostel where the 12-year-old suspect beat the victim with his hands and also kicked him after he kept making fun of his (suspect) father's name.
On Tuesday, the victim’s father lodged a police report after he was told by a teacher at the school that his son was unconscious and had been admitted to Sibu Hospital.
The suspect, arrested under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder after the victim's father lodged a report, has been released on police bail so he could sit for his UPSR exams next month
Amer was quoted by NST saying that, "Police have set up a task force headed by the Kapit district police chief (Deputy Superintendent Freddy Bian) to probe the murder."
"We will leave no stone unturned. I view this incident very seriously. We will be recording the statement of the school headmaster, teachers and hostel warden to find out how this sort of thing could have happened.
"I do not believe no one knew what was going on because I feel it must have been happening for some time prior to the incident taking place," he added.
Bullying, a serious problem in Malaysia, has claimed way too many lives recently. There have been multiple cases of juniors either bullied or being mercilessly assaulted by their seniors.