Student sues bullies, school for RM2mil in damages

ADRIAN DAVID




KUALA TERENGGANU: A victim of school bullies today filed a RM2 million lawsuit against nine people, including five of the bullies, at the High Court here today.

The lawsuit was made through the 16-year-old student's father, Ahmad Fauzi Abdullah, 46.

The legal action taken involved an incident which took place at the teenager's school in Wakaf Tembusu on April 26 last year.

The student had claimed that the bullying had not only caused him physical injuries but emotional distress as well.

He filed the suit against five of his former seniors, the student affairs senior assistant, the former headmaster and two others.

Ahmad Fauzi said the lawsuit was to ensure that justice would prevail and those responsible for allowing the bullying culture to proliferate would be held accountable.

He said it is dangerous for such a culture to go about unchecked.

“As a result of the bullying, my son is unable to carry on with his life in a normal way as he is still traumatised by the incident.

“We hope that this case will serve as a lesson for all concerned,” he said.

In the lawsuit made through Messrs Wan Azleana Wan Adnan and Associates, the victim claimed that he was bullied, his perpetrators holding him for three hours at the head prefect’s room in the school’s hostel. He suffered bodily injuries including a cut on his right ear and loss of hearing.