Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) pointed out that steps for handling violence in the education environment did not have a deterrent effect on perpetrators as was apparent from the rampant cases of bullying reported.

"The handling of perpetrators of violence in education units is only at the rule enforcement level and not until recovery and awareness on negative behavior that can hurt other people and oneself," KPAI member Aris Adi Leksono remarked here on Tuesday.

Leksono drew attention to the recent bullying case in an international school in South Tangerang, Banten, in which the alleged perpetrator was a celebrity's child.

He also noted that not all bullying prevention and handling team members in schools are competent and able to provide comprehensive protection to children.

"For instance, they do not have the background of counseling education or have sensitivity and perspective on children's protection," he remarked.

He explained that bullying cases are still rampant in schools, as the management of most schools are not fully aware of their function in protecting children apart from being places to learn.

"Education, socialization, prevention system strengthening, and handling in education units are not maximal yet. Curriculum targets are merely about knowledge and skills, but character and behavior aspects do not receive serious attention," he pointed out.

Earlier, news of a student bullied in an international high school in Tangerang, Banten Province, had circulated on social media. The alleged bully is the victim's senior.

The victim is currently receiving treatment due to the burn wound and bruises inflicted on him.

Meanwhile, the school said the bullying occurred outside its premises.

The South Tangerang City Police stated that the victim had experienced bullying twice, on February 2 and February 13, 2024.

Some pieces of evidence included a video recording, and some witnesses were being investigated by the police.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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