|The video shows a group tearing off the victim’s headscarf and dragging her by her hair while beating her up in a school in Sarawak, Malaysia.|
A video depicting a schoolgirl being brutally beaten up by a group of schoolmates has been making its rounds on social media.
The video begins with a group of girls loitering near a staircase taking selfies while flashing peace signs at the camera.
Sixteen seconds into it, one girl suddenly gets attacked by the others who gang up on her.
Earlier, she had been casually standing among the other girls.
The group is seen tearing off the victim’s headscarf and dragging her by her hair while still beating her up.
After the episode is over, the victim is left sobbing at the top of the staircase, while an attacker gestures at the camera and refers to herself as a pailang (gangster).
According to a report by The Star Online, police believed that the incident took place sometime in April this year.
The report also stated that a police report had been lodged and an investigation was under way.
The video was most recently shared by local comedian Zizan Razak — of Raja Lawak fame — who posted it on his Facebook page with the note:
“Gangster sekolah… siapa tahu sekolah mana ni? cepat sebarkan!! biar sampai ke Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia.” (School gangster… who knows which school this is? Spread it fast! Let it reach the Education Ministry of Malaysia.)
Since his post yesterday, the video had over 1,300 shares, with many condemning the actions of the girls.
This is just the latest of several such viral videos, depicting a horrific scenario among Malaysian students.
Almost a year ago, in March 2013, a similar video began circulating in the social sphere, this one showing three secondary schoolboys beating a schoolmate.
The clip showed the victim, who was carrying a school bag, standing in a corner while his bullies repeatedly threw kicks and punches at him.
According to police then, investigations showed that the victim had earlier informed the school disciplinary teacher of students smoking in school.
In another incident that occurred in December last year, a video of a college student being bullied by a group of girls hit Facebook like wildfire.
The group was seen harassing a girl who was accused of stealing money because “she looked the type” and came from a “family of low-castes”.
While the girl was being cursed with profanities, she was also slapped, hit with a plastic bottle and had her hair pulled by the bully.
The incident was said to involve students from SEGI College.