Friday, October 13, 2006

Campus on 93.8 Live

Campus on 93.8 Live
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This is the programme Louis Ng of ACRES and I took part on a panel discussion at this morning. It was quite interesting and the girls were by and large pretty enthusiastic. The theme was whether Singapore was a gracious society towards animals.

People were talking about different aspects, and animal abuse invariably came up. One student said she felt money should be spent on sterilisations. Another recounted that she saw examples of people being kind to animals. One girl said that perhaps people abused animals because animals had hurt them in some way.

The teacher on the panel mentioned that it was important to look at the motivations behind the abuse. One of the girls piped up towards the end though that she thought that people abused animals in other ways - through buying Lacoste products and hurting alligators. At this point, I was thinking that she was going to make a statement about how all of us are inherently guilty of harming animals in some way through buying products tested on animals, or something of the sort. She then said that she had never been hurt by an animal, but that she was an animal abuser. She said that she had buried a kitten alive, and that it's eyes popped out. Louis was whispering to me that this was a confession on live radio and many of the girls gasped in shock. One girl was covering her face. The girl however, as Louis pointed out, was giggling.

The presenter immediately said she needed help, and when I could comment later, I mentioned the statistics linking animal abuse to abuse against people. I also mentioned that there is a difference between ignorance and perhaps apathy, and outright harming an animal. I mentioned how the RSPCA sends in their officers with the child protection services because often the first sign of abuse escalating are animals being hurt. I added that anyone abusing animals needed help. The presenter also said that statistics have shown that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to abuse other people.

I came back and sent an email to the school. I'm not sure if this story is true (if the cat was buried alive, how did the eyeballs pop out?), but whatever it is, this girl needs help. Either she is so starved for attention that she makes up stories, or she's abusing animals. Both are disturbing - for the girl's sake, and for society's in general.

The presenter wrote back and said she had also called the teacher in charge when she got back and the teacher said this girl is an attention seeker. Now I've known attention seekers (I do remember being in school and some of the things some people would say to get attention, as I'm sure we all do). Most people though would know there is a time and place for fooling around and even making distasteful jokes - and not on live, national radio.


Blogger Mary said...

Oh dear, i truly hope this girl is innocent, this is not the way to get attention.

13/10/06 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is the ultimate attention grabbing stunt, isn't it? making a shocking statement on national radio?

i hope she didn't really hurt any kittens. but whether she did or not, she obviously needs help.

13/10/06 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was from TKGS decades agao and I am very disturbed by what the girl said about burying a live kitten. It is not a laughing matter, in fact I will contact the principal soon.

13/10/06 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was she doing so merely to provoke a reaction? some do so to derive cheap thrills, not just seeking attention.

teenagers these days huh? never trust them, they are trouble personified. yah and before any self-righteous people out there flame me, just take a look around you these days and tell me if you haven't encountered one with that defiant f*ckedup stare on their faces when we happen to block their way for example?

13/10/06 6:38 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes she might well have Anonymous - but as the first Anonymous said, whether she did it or not, she needs help. There is getting attention and then there is just worrying behaviour - if this is how she seeks attention, she needs some counselling.

13/10/06 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please make a police report. The girls should be educated that animal abuse should NOT be taken as a joke!

14/10/06 3:00 PM  
Anonymous mr giggles said...

Yes, I agree that a police report should be made so that she and her friends learn that such a bold and cruel act would not be tolerated -- regardless of whether it were true.

14/10/06 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it was a joke it was not amusing. Perhaps if the police knocked on her door she might wake up to the consequences of spouting such bs

14/10/06 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance of disciplinary action from the school?

14/10/06 6:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

There had better be some form of action, whether disciplinary or counselling. We wrote to them on Friday. I assume they're not working over the weekend, but if they don't get back to us by next week, we'll definitely chase after them.

Let's see if we can solve this via the school first before the police get involved.

14/10/06 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any official response from the school?
I have called yesterday, the person in charge told me that the school has arranged to send the girl for counselling within and outside the school.
However, I feel there should be an official response/public announcement to prevent the girl from setting a trend for students from other schools.

17/10/06 9:29 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Was too zonked out yesterday from the flu to contact the school again. Planning to do it today.

17/10/06 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you feeling better today?

17/10/06 12:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

A bit thanks! Nose still stuffed and a bit wooly headed !

17/10/06 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hell -o to the third anonymous person on this page. the one who was talking about f-ucked up teenagers.
i am one of those self-righteous pple. stop knocking others down, for every horrible teenager, i am sure there are some kind souls out there. - auntie tom

18/10/06 4:51 PM  

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