- Whatever the case, whether there was a misunderstanding or not, the boy should not raise his hand against the bus-captain.
He can kick up a ruckus, make a scene in the bus, escalated up to SBS, LTA, call his dad, whatever.
No matter how else you turn here and there, the student has no business to hit anyone. Law has to be mete out. Think road bully. The one who hits out is the one who will pay.
- Second, the bus-captain (whether he is rude or not) is doing his job. He can, within his authority, confiscate the card.
And the bus-reader does not tell lies: the card was an invalid card. Period.
- His father whether out of love, pity, disappointment, failure as a father, should actually teach his son basic principles:
a. Don't raise your hands against anyone.
b. Be a man. Live with your actions.
c. Don't be like me, son.
Let me ask some basic questions: Why did the father beg for forgiveness? Did you think the father is afraid that his son will go to jail? Or did you think the father was thinking: wah my son future gone liao?
Do you think the father is sad becoz the bus-captain who was doing his job got beaten up? Do you think he cares how badly the old man was beaten up? Or was the father more concerned that the bus-captain will press charges against him?
You tell me.
Stop there and think: What if the bus-captain was your father? Will you forgive the son or will you too bash him up?
Stop being chivalrous and noble here. Put yourself in the bus-driver's shoes. Or his family for the matter.
- What if the article had reported: Primary 8 student from 'lousy school' beat up bus-captain?
Will we say, this student deserves punishment and go to boys' home? Get rid of this society outcast, he shouldn't be on our streets?
What made this news interesting is that a student from such school should have the BRAINS and CHARACTER (though oft they don't go hand in hand nowadays) and not act like a hooligan?!!
Do you think we'll listen to the Primary 8 student's response to the assualt? You tell me, huh?
- School counselling? ROFLMAO!
Do you think the boy actually learn anything from it? Or have we just created a worse person when he thinks the society will be 'light' on his kind?
Think Michael Fay? Perhaps another stroke of cane or two may do him more good.
See what happens when his father, the media, the president cover his ass literally? He beat up his father. Did he learn anything actually?
It's like a US article I've read: The counsellors send the school bully and hooligan for paid holidays because he was abused in his childhood. He needed to find his 'life' back.
Get real! I want to be a bully too!
- Lastly, we don't need to be 'smart' people who try to look here and there, at different angles, defend the boy.
Do you know what the word assualt means? Yeah it means assualt.
So don't try to 'theorize' the episode, or blur the lines. Oh look at boy's side, his father's side, see he's got a lot of stress in top school, etc.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Call a spade, a spade.
Though at times, an IR is not a casino (in Singapore terms).