The video of 11-year-old students of a top Delhi school bullying a Class 7 student with the crudest of abuses and physical force, has created a flurry among school teachers, principals and parents of young students.
The cellphone video, which has gone viral, shows some class sixth boys at Modern School, Vasant Vihar, pushing and harassing a class seventh boy. The cuss words that the tweens use fluently are loud and sexually offensive — most of these aimed at demeaning each other’s parents via sexual accusations.
Names of stars such as Yo Yo Honey Singh and Sunny Leone also pop up midway, leaving the kid pale-faced and helpless as he tries to fight the group of boys on his own.
"Honestly, this does not come as surprise because aggression is being validated by everything that children are exposed to in today’s times. Parents think boisterous kids are smarter and shy ones are socially awkward. As a parent, I am saddened by the bullying and think it’s wrong but we do have to go deeper into the issue and introspect about the roots of this menace,” says Poonam Sharaff, mother of a 16-year old.
- Ramneek Pantal, emcee
- Aanchal Sah, mother of a nine-year-old
Rashmi Upadhyay, a teacher at Ahlcon International School says, "We are shocked but not surprised to see how explicit the video is. Kids are exposed to many things these days, which is leading to such stuff. As teachers, we always want to look towards a holistic solution to such matters. Schools these days have a greater responsibility — not just to impart knowledge but also build better citizens and good human beings."
Experts feel rage is rampant among children thanks to the nature of entertainment these days.
"Such problems are deep rooted. Many factors lead to such incidents. Kids are exposed to the Internet, TV, e-games — all full of rage and anger. Parents have a larger role to play here. They have to take ownership. The whole process of upbringing has to be taken care of in these changing times," says psychiatrist Dr Deepak Raheja.