In a related event, R.E.A.L International School, Suria Campus, Cheras organized an anti-bullying campaign to raise awareness on the social issue. Special guest speaker, Sergeant Suresh from the Royal Malaysian Police, visited the school to enlighten the teachers and students further on the subject. The main objectives of this talk were for the audience to discover the different types of bullying, the consequences of bullying, and to learn how to prevent bullying.
According to the senior police officer, bullying affects people of all ages although it is prevalent among children aged 10 to 18. Studies also show that 15% to 20% of people have experienced some form of bullying in their lives. Bullying is defined as an act to hurt, intimidate or threaten a weaker person whether physically or mentally. The different types of bullying include verbal bullying, physical bullying, cyber bullying and group bullying.
Sergeant Suresh then offered ways to prevent bullying and how everyone can play a role in helping to eradicate this social ill. These chiefly involves learning how to identify bullying victims, creating a system to report bullying cases, having classroom discussions or bullying awareness during school assembly, promoting self-awareness, and equipping oneself with the skills to stop bullying.
Sergeant Suresh then reminded the audience that bullying is an offence that is punishable by law. Offenders can be prosecuted in court, receiving penalties that range from a minimum fine of RM25 to a jail sentence of up to one year, maximum. It is hoped that such punishments would serve as an effective deterrent to bullies and would-be bullies everywhere. Overall, the anti-bullying talks are part and parcel of the larger R.E.A.L Schools effort to inculcate positive character values amongst its students. Character after all, is one of the ‘5Cs’ core values of R.E.A.L.