Video of Noida student being slapped goes viral: School says ‘slap bet’

Three students stand in the background — one of them recording the incident on his mobile while others watch and smile as the slap lands on the face. The victim has his hands folded and signals them to give him a moment before he is hit.

By: Express News Service | Noida | Published: September 9, 2017 3:15 am
school assault, snapchat viral video, snapchat school assault, snapchat slap bet, slap bet, school student assault, school student beaten, student beaten, social media, india news, indian express news The incident allegedly took place at Pathways School in Noida around 2 pm on September 4, and the video seems to have been recorded in the washroom.

A 27-second video of a Class X student being slapped by another for a “Snapchat story”, while three others recorded the incident, surfaced on social media on Thursday afternoon. While the students’ parents could not be reached for a comment, school authorities maintained that the incident pertained to a “slap bet” and was not a case of bullying.

The incident allegedly took place at Pathways School in Noida around 2 pm on September 4, and the video seems to have been recorded in the washroom. It shows a student taking aim at another student’s cheek, while the person recording the video asks him to count till three before hitting, stating that “the Snapchat story might stop in the middle”.

Three students stand in the background — one of them recording the incident on his mobile while others watch and smile as the slap lands on the face. The victim has his hands folded and signals them to give him a moment before he is hit. He covers his face with his hand after he is slapped. The person recording the video laughs and asks if the student who was slapped is fine.

The video was allegedly sent to the student’s mother by another student, following which the parents approached the school. In their complaint, the parents maintained that their son looked helpless as the students surrounded him. They alleged that the incident caused him mental, physical and emotional trauma. The complaint also alleged that the school authorities did not provide the student with emergency medical aid or inform them about the incident.
In an official statement, the school director, Shalini Advani said, “This is a rather unfortunate incident. However, this is not a bullying incident. It is the outcome of a consensual peer ‘slap bet’ episode that a few Pathways School Noida students had between themselves. Pathways School Noida has been swift in responding to the situation and has taken appropriate action with involvement of parents of the students involved.”

Noida Police, on the other hand, maintained that no complaint from the boy or his parents had reached them till now. In light of the incident, a section of school principals called for increased accountability and responsibility of parents for preventing such incidents.

“Mobile phones are a menace. They have become an instrument for bullying and recording unsavoury material. These phones are bought by the parents for their children and are registered in a parent’s name. When something goes wrong and these videos become viral, why should the child be the only person to be blamed? The accountability and responsibility also lies with parents who provide them such devices,” said Ameeta Wattal, Principal, Springdales School (Pusa Road).

Maintaining that schools confiscate mobile phones and send regular circulars to parents, Wattal added, “We confiscate mobile phones from students but parents come to us and ask us to return them. It seems that mobile phones have become a lifeline. Phones should be completely divorced from the school space. Parents and schools have to work on this issue together.”

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    Bhuti
    Sep 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    I am amazed and shocked that the Prin ls of these schools are making a fuss about mobile phones! The real issue is bullying!!! Phones don't cause bullying, period. Phones also have positive uses. The real issue here is that of bullying.
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      Nikita
      Sep 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm
      You must understand, Bhuti, that you commenting on the issue being bullying will not eliminate such problems. In fact, I don’t even think you know whether the issue taken place is bullying or a slap bet. However, keeping in mind that the issue could be out of one of these, you should probably think of what you can do to prevent a slap bet or bullying. For example, if you are a parent, you should ask your kids whether they are being bullied or inform them not to do act such as slap bet. Or if you are a student, then why not be responsible to inform your parents when you are bullied or not perform acts like slap bet. And now you will definitely ask “What about the school’s responsibility?”. I shall answer you that the school would love their students to be responsible as they seek for re tion. So, obviously, the school will put children under extra observation, but there is a limit. Why do you think this school hasn’t put camera’s in the washroom?
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        Nikita
        Sep 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm
        Because as seen from your comment, I just see you talking about bullying being the real issue and phones not being the real issue. Now let me think what a school does to prevent bullying and I will also comment why it is not all the school’s responsibility and what is the role of the student or parent: 1. Might put cameras to keep children under check. However, doesn’t because children will feel intimated as they will think their privacy will be invaded. That simply means the kid is responsible as he/she thinks he/she deserves privacy.
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          Nikita
          Sep 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
          2. Might have a counsellor who will listen to a kid who is a victim to bullying and can’t connect to his parents. However, it is also the kid’s responsibility to speak it out to the counsellor. But the fact is that the parent or relative is always connected with the kid as it is a day boarding school, so the kid can report any time to them. I don’t see any reason why a counsellor will be chosen over a relative, but anyway if you ask “what of the kid is uncomfortable with his parent?”, on to the next point. 3. Might have the teacher observe each kid and identify the one who is being bullied. I believe the teacher will not make wrong judgement as I believe adults know how a kid acts when bullied. And so, if I mention adult, I also mean parents. So, if they do notice, they will approach them-if they are responsible.
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            Nikita
            Sep 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm
            4. Might teach students about bullying. A parent should also teach this to their kid. It isn’t that hard. Means if parents don’t have half an hour to teach their kids this, then they really aren’t responsible. 5. Might suspend kids who misbehave even the slightest. If kids can’t be discipline, then why did their parents keep them. And anyway, as we say the apple doesn’t reach far from the tree. So, it is also a parent’s fault to make their children the way they are- undisciplined. And even so if parents aren’t aware of their kids behaviour, it simply means they don’t check on their kid- don’t go for ptm, don’t ask the teacher on kids behaviour etc. Now, looking at the point above, you might think that I am expecting too much from a parent but you never notice that I also mentioned how irresponsible a child is. And because of their kid’s irresponsibility, I believe that parents should not expect from kids. Get it. Of any opposition, please go ahead and comment.
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            Ramnath
            Sep 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm
            LOL SAD
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              Suresh
              Sep 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm
              Kids mobiles should have content filters like Filternet to protect from adult content. Without filternet, such sites are just a click-away
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