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Thu, Apr 22, 2010
The Straits Times
Mum's police report an over-reaction

I WAS surprised that most people polled in last Friday's report ("ACS boy's mother did not over-react: Poll") did not think that the mother of the ACS (I) boy who lodged a police report over the rugby scuffle had blown the matter out of proportion.

My observation is the opposite. If she wanted the boys to move on,why lodge a police report? Wouldn't that cause more trauma for the St Andrew's School player? If the mother who lodged the police report had meant what she said, she should have let the schools settle the matter together.

The St Andrew's boy has been "adequately" punished by his school and will also have to face the Ministry of Education's sports disciplinary committee. In fact, it is commendable that Ms Belinda Charles, principal of St Andrew's School, acted so swiftly.

But why punish the boy by suspending him from lessons? After all, he has been shamed publicly and has also apologised.

That the ACS (I) boy was reportedly attacking and taunting him when he was down should also be considered.

I am not condoning his act but, honestly, how many boys their age will be able to keep their cool in a situation like that?

It is puzzling that ACS (I) has so far been 'silent' on the incident even after reporters tried to get its side of the story.

And if the reports about the ACS (I) boy's taunting are proven to be true, then he should be disciplined and made an example of what not to do in a competition.

To taunt someone who is already down is, to say the least, poor sporting behaviour and totally ungentlemanly.

I would like to clarify that I do not have any interest in rugby and do not know anyone in St Andrew's.

Charlotte Chu (Ms)

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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