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Brother Stands Up For Bullied Sister

Head boy Shannal will use platform to advocate against bullying of special students or low cognitive functions.
04 Mar 2021 13:04
Brother Stands Up For Bullied Sister
Nausori Special School head prefects (from left) deputy head girl Reapi Topau, head girl Kristina Devi, head boy Shannal Kumar and deputy head boy Timoci Leong on March 3, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Nausori Special Education School head boy, Shannal Kumar, will use his leadership role to advocate against bullying of students with special needs or low cognitive functions.

This mission came about after his sister was bullied last year they were returning from school.

“One of the mainstream school students bullied my sister who also attends the school with me. They called her mad,” the 14-year-old said.

“I was angry when I heard this.”

Shannal, argued with the students. During the altercation, his sister, Sonam, was sobbing in the background.

“As an elder brother it was my duty to defend my sister and even if it was someone else with special needs, I would still defend him or her,” he said.

“We are all the same because we also have capabilities.

“We are one despite our challenges.

“This bullying needs to stop, and I hope everyone works together to make sure that every child is happy when going to school and they don’t have to worry about being bullied.”

His mother, Hileshni Ram said her son was deserving of his leadership role.

“It feels good that he defended his sister and we are reassured that when we are no longer with them, he will always defend her,” Ms Ram said.

“Even while he has slow cognitive function, he always speaks up.

“And so it was not surprising that he stood up for his sister.

“As parents we need to educate our children to respect others who are different.

“I notice that for mainstream students, once they identify students in uniforms from special schools, the first thing that comes to their mind is that they are ‘mad’.

“If we educate our children now at a young age, when they grow up they will learn to respect everyone.”

Discipline

Head girl Kristina Devi said she would make sure that discipline was maintained in the school.

“When I was informed that I was the head girl of the school I was so happy,” Kristina said.

“I joined the school in 2017 and this year is a proud moment for me.

“I will help the teachers to look after the students to follow the school rules.”

The deputies are Reapi Tupou and Timoci Leong.

65 students attend the school.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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