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Hong Kong police probe vicious bullying incident at Tuen Mun primary school

Boy undergoes surgery after having eraser forced into his ear

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 November, 2017, 6:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 November, 2017, 11:14pm

Police are looking into an alleged bullying incident where a 7-year-old boy had a pencil eraser forced into his ear at a Hong Kong primary school.

Education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said they were still trying to get hold of more information about the incident, but warned that they had a “zero tolerance” attitude to any bullying in schools.

Police said they received a report on Friday from a 42-year-old woman who suspected a pupil at a Tuen Mun primary school stuck a pencil eraser into her son’s ear on November 10.

“The woman made a request for the police to keep a record of the case and said she would keep in close contact with the school and social workers,” a police spokesman said, adding that the case has been categorised as a miscellaneous incident.

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The boy had been a victim of bullying since the start of school in September at Church of Christ in China Hoh Fuk Tong Primary School, the boy’s mother told Apple Daily. The boy’s classmates had thrown pieces of chalk, stole his stationery and on one occasion hit him in the face and jabbed their fingers into his eyes, it was claimed.

The mother accused the school of not handling the boy’s complaints properly at an early stage.

The boy was taken to private clinic for surgery to remove the eraser from his ear on Saturday.

Yeung stressed that the Education Bureau had guidelines and training for schools and teachers on how to handle such incidents.

“When we see such possible bullying incidents happen, the Education Bureau has a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude in handling these matters,” Yeung said.