Bullying and racism in schools

Reading the original Twitter posts by the girl’s sister brought tears to my eyes and made my blood boil. What was not mentioned in the ST article was how the little girl was allegedly called a “black dustbin” and that she resorted to having her recess in the toilet because it was the “best place for (her) to cry and eat at the same time”. While details of these alleged incidents are still unclear and I’m sure the school and MOE are investigating, I think this should spark some soul-searching among all Singaporeans, especially us parents (my children are around that age). What values are we inculcating in our children? Do we harbour racist attitudes and inadvertently pass them on to our children? Do we teach our children to stand up to bullies, even if they are not the victims?

Straits Times article: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/bullying-in-schools-here-wrong-and-cannot-be-tolerated-ong-ye-kung

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.