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Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby Nebbermind » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:50 am

K.C. VIJAYAN SENIOR LAW CORRESPONDENT wrote:
The Straits Times 16 April 2015

A FORMER student is suing Raffles Girls' School (RGS), claiming that the school failed to protect her from being bullied and she was forced to study overseas.

Ms Cheryl Tan, now 18, wants RGS to pay not just for her pain and suffering, but also the $220,000 it cost to continue her studies at the prestigious Wells Cathedral School in England. She is currently completing her A levels there, said her mother, Madam Ng Wee Ching.

A spokesman for RGS, which is denying the claims, told The Straits Times yesterday that the school and its teachers "have always acted in the best interests of its students", and ensured their health and safety within the school.

The case revolves around how Ms Tan fell out with fellow members of the school's Chinese Orchestra in Secondary 3 in 2012.


That year, she was appointed secretary of the co-curricular activity (CCA). According to the suit, she was told by teachers that she would double as a student conductor, along with another student. This allegedly antagonised other CCA members, particularly its student executive committee (exco), which "ostracised and bullied" her at various points over 12 months from July 2012.

According to the suit, Ms Tan was seen as being "selfish" and "greedy" for taking up two positions.

Ms Tan, who joined RGS through the Music Elective Programme, claims that she was repeatedly badgered during practice by a particular student. She says she was also criticised online for bringing up the matter to staff.

She and her parents repeatedly informed the school about the bullying, according to the suit, but the abuse persisted and she left the orchestra in March 2013. She withdrew from the school at the end of July.

It is also claimed that the repeated bullying caused her eczema to worsen and skin on her hand to crack, affecting her ability to play instruments. She needed treatment at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

In RGS' defence filed with the High Court, its lawyer, Senior Counsel Thio Shen Yi, has described the claims as frivolous.

It was pointed out that school policy defines bullying as involving "hurting, frightening or intimidating others using power of strength" while cyber bullying includes the sending of hateful messages.

The school found no instance of bullying after investigating Ms Tan's complaints. The defence papers pointed out that RGS staff had frequently engaged Ms Tan's parents over their concerns.

The defence also claims that Ms Tan had wanted all along to study overseas and had taken active steps towards this even before the supposed bullying.

Ms Tan, it was pointed out, was never told she was going to be a student conductor. Instead, she was chosen to attend a conducting course with another student. The CCA's teachers-in- charge were considering the possibility of having two student conductors to cope with a larger number of events in 2013.

The CCA's student exco was not told of this however, and on its own, voted for the other student. Ms Tan found out about this and it led to her parents becoming involved. According to the defence, some students in the exco then ended up feeling that the school was only considering a second conductor to give in to Ms Tan's demands.

A High Court pre-trial conference is due today.

- Source:
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/former-rgs-student-claims-she-was-bullied-sues-school-20150416

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby mommyNg » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:47 am

Oh well, at least the parents are rich enough to take this to court. There are many other bullying cases left untold, undiscovered, until something drastic happened. I hope parents be on alert especially with your teenagers.
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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby pirate » Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:50 am

Hard to tell from the newspaper report which one is the bully.

Why cannot just transfer to another school in Singapore? :scratchhead:

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby phtthp » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:01 am

each side have their own story to tell.
hard to conclude who is telling the truth

but she could have transferred to another JC in Sg

what programme is she studying in the "Wells Cathedral School in England" now ?

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby mommyNg » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:05 am

The students were the bullies, she is suing the school for not protecting her from the bullying...

I think she dsa-ed to RGS. As discussed in some other threads, one can't just anyhow transfer to another school if you were accepted via DSA in the first place. Maybe she was so traumatized that she must leave Singapore to get away with all the emotion and hurt that she would be reminded of if she stays?
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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby lynntan15 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:05 am

Next time if she gets bully in work? Can she sues her company for not protecting her from getting bully, and not providing a conducive environment for her to work in?

I also want to sue my company for that.... can get $$ and be SAHM...

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby mwchua » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:09 am

It's really important to keep the channel of communication open between us and the child, esp. during the teenage years. To get them to gladly share with us what's happening at school.

The youngsters of today are very different from my times, even the stories my P6 girl tells me nowadays are quite incredulous.

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby phtthp » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:13 am

this generation of kids very vocal, daring

not sure what's her chance of winning the court case : because RGS Secondary will hire a good lawyer to defend their school

but that girl who bullied her last time (which she claimed), need to be mentally prepared to appear in court too, since nitty detail of how she had been bullied last time, will surface in court
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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby jetsetter » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:39 am

i'm confused...She's arguing friends were jealous cos she held 2 positions, so she was bullied?



These are happening in primary sch also. My friend's dd from a top SAP pri sch told me she was also ostracised by existing prefects when she was co-opted into the exco by teacher in P6. Old prefects who's been in the exco since P4 didn't like her and ignored her.

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Re: Former RGS student claims she was bullied, sues school

Postby naggo-nitemare » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:51 am

This case sounds ridiculously frivolous. More a case of Chinese orchestra politics than bullying. Waste of time n $. Hopefully the senior counsel was an old girl offering pro bono service.

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