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University of Hong Kong punishes 23 students for bullying and warns ‘ragging’ will not be tolerated

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Source: SCMP/Appledaily/On.cc

 

 

 

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Three University of Hong Kong students have been ordered to leave a hall of residence and 19 others temporarily suspended from living there after an incident in which wax was poured over the lower body of a student. Another student was given a warning over the incident, which was denounced by the dean of the hall, St John’s College, Dr Wong Kwok-chun. “Ragging, under whatever ­pretext or manner, has no place in [the hall],” he said in a statement on the hall’s Facebook page. “Any violation will result in termination of ­residence. ”Such actions, whether done under the pretext of ‘sub-culture’ or ‘tradition’, are unacceptable.” The victim was a candidate in the hall’s council election. He said he had dropped out of the race after the wax attack on March 21.

 

In a comment also posted on the Facebook page, the hall’s student association said everyone in the hall had agreed that ragging must be prohibited. “We hereby sincerely apologise to the public for the unbecoming and irresponsible behaviour of our fellow students in the incident, which has disgraced the college and the university, and has caused unnecessary public concern,” the student association said.

 

HKU student union president Ed Wong Ching-tak believed the punishment would deter others. “I respect the [hall’s] decision,” Wong said. “It will show the public that such behaviour is not our halls’ culture.” The announcement of the punishments at St John’s came after an unknown number of students were suspended by a second HKU hall of residence after a video surfaced of a man in a maroon hoodie bearing the words “Chemistry” and “HKU” using his genitalia to strike the head of another man, who was being held down by at least two other males.

 

Internet users suggested the video was taken in the Simon K.Y. Lee residential hall. The student association of Simon K.Y. Lee Hall had earlier said the warden, hall tutors and union had found the incident “raised no concern about bullying”. The association also denied the incident had anything to do with hall traditions. The students had been suspended from the hall until a university investigation was completed, it added.

 

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Good. Because these bullies will just graduate and take their bullying into their workplace. These bullies have issues and I am glad that they are being punished and being shamed for their stupid act of cruelty towards another human being. There is enough stress in the world without having these idiots make it worse.

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Good. Because these bullies will just graduate and take their bullying into their workplace. These bullies have issues and I am glad that they are being punished and being shamed for their stupid act of cruelty towards another human being. There is enough stress in the world without having these idiots make it worse.

I couldn't agree with you more on this! People need to take bullying seriously as bullying has a serious impact on a person's mental development.

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These bully students got what coming to them and got what they truly deserve ... suspension from living on campus ... hopefully this punishment will serve its intentional purpose.

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the bully student deserve to be punished. they should know better since they are university students. they should be suspended from the university.

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