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School Incident: Students' safety should not be neglected

Posted by Azizi Ahmad on February 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM

IT was the evening of Jan 19 and I was waiting to fetch my daughter from a primary school in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.


The Year Two and Three pupils were in the school hall, taking part in some programme. The bell went off at 5.50pm and the pupils were supposed to leave the hall and go home.

 

I suddenly heard screams from the school hall. I rushed to see what was happening and to my horror, I saw scores of Year Two and Three pupils on the ground, trapped under a pile of other pupils outside the hall's main door.

 

A stampede had occurred as the pupils were rushing to get out through the hall's main door, which was the only door open. The pupils were screaming for help, suffocating and unable to move.

 

A few of us parents managed to pull the pupils out from the pile-up.

 

We shouted for teachers to come and help, but none came.

 

I noticed two male teachers inside the hall, standing and watching us.

 

Other than the two, no other teachers were in sight.

 

This is clearly negligence on the part of the teachers. It is the teachers' responsibility to be with the pupils and to ensure that they leave the hall in an orderly manner and safely.

 

It is time for the school to put safety first and to ensure that the teachers take responsibility for the pupils' safety.

 

A stampede is dangerous as it can cause deaths due to suffocation. The school must never allow such an incident to happen again.

 

A.M.S., Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Source: New Straits Times Letters to the Editor 02 February 2012  

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