Gangsterism in school: Students celebrating a Gang 24 special day outside a school in Klang.
The recent rampage outside schools has again highlighted a major problem with schools – the weaknesses in a system that overlooks poor performing students, making them easy targets for gangs.
THEY could have been scenes from the Wild Wild West. It was in Klang, the western gateway into the country but instead of cowboys, horses and guns, there were schoolboys, kapcais and firecrackers.
Anyone who saw the videos of the gang that wreaked havoc outside schools in the Selangor royal town would have been horrified.
These were schoolboys, sent there to study. But the teachers had no answers for the kind of trouble these youths created as they celebrated their “special day”. And then there was that kid, treating a string of firecrackers like a cowboy’s lasso.
Privately, I hoped he would get burnt.
The thing is: it is not an isolated event. Schools throughout the country are being infiltrated by gangs, whatever the number they go by.
Just a few years ago, there were horror stories coming out of a school in Rawang.
The boys there were aged just between 14 and 16, and already they were hardcore gangsters and – worse – rapists and molesters.
It was only after the story of a 14-year-old rape victim broke that the authorities finally cracked the whip. The girl had been raped multiple times – within the school premises!
What were the teachers doing? Were they truly ignorant of what was happening? Or were they afraid of the “outside people” who were behind the schoolboys? It’s likely that they were afraid of these backers. And so were the schoolmates and residents nearby.
Even in the Klang case, there is word that the gang is backed by a relative of a well-connected politician. We don’t know if it is true, but there is a WhatsApp message going around to that effect. It is for the cops to investigate.
The cops say WhatsApp is one of their biggest banes too. The gang members communicate using the app and, already, WhatsApp groups called “Gang 24” and “Apache” have been found.
Again, it is likely that the teachers knew what was going on and were afraid to act, because of the outside influence.
It’s not just in Klang or Rawang. Right in the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur and its satellite city of Petaling Jaya, students are signing up to join gangs for just RM30.
According to child rights activist James Nayagam, some students have no choice in the matter. It is either join them or get beaten up by them.
The former Suhakam commissioner agrees that the teachers are afraid of these gangs.
“Moving the student to a different school won’t help as often there will be members from the same gang waiting in the other schools for him,” he told a news portal.
According to him, there is a lot to be done for our education system. Very often, teachers have their eyes on their own KPIs.
The more high-scoring students they produce, the better they look in the eyes of the administrators.
The timid and low-performing students are overlooked and teachers don’t pay attention to them. The low-performers all get thrown into one class and are left to fend for themselves.
They are easy targets for the gangs.
“They will look for lonely, timid students from some of the lower-performing classes and offer them protection,” says Nayagam.
by DORAIRAJ NADASON
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