Don’t file police report, ITE lifeskills teacher told student who lost wallet

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Photo: Facebook, ITE College Central

Obbana Rajah

A few days ago, ITE student Firas Ali wrote a lengthy Facebook post about how his wallet was stolen, a teacher was hit, he was supposedly told to falsify a police report and how his wallet was returned in a bizarre and lengthy turn of events.

He outlined the events of how one of his classmates, Benjamin, stole Firas’ wallet because during lunch, the latter had shaken a table that Benjamin was sleeping on. This enraged Benjamin, who took the wallet.

In the meantime, Student Guidance Officers (SGOs) had found out that Benjamin was the one who had nicked the wallet.

In a series of text messages, Benjamin confessed to Firas, saying that he had thrown the wallet away and that another classmate, Malcolm, knew about the incident.

In class, a confrontation arose between Malcolm, who had been staring at Firas, and Firas himself. However, when Malcolm threw a chair at Firas, it missed him and hit their lifeskills teacher, Ms Cindy.

According to Firas, Ms Cindy blamed the whole incident on him, “Firas it’s your fault who asked you to bang Benjamin’s table when his sleeping. You irritate people so you deserve what happened to you”.

Ms Cindy also went on to say that the students were free to do as they wished once her class was over and that she could not exercise any control over them.

Another teacher, Mr Yap, agreed that Firas should make a police report.

However, Firas was apparently pressured by the school to not make a police report. But since he had to do it to replace his identity card, the school urged him to state that he had simply misplaced his wallet and that it was not stolen.

Firas dropped his police report when Benjamin agreed to replace the entire contents of Firas’ wallet. However, Benjamin disappeared and Firas was told that he would have to go through a lawyer to get his money.

A few days later, Firas’ father received text messages from an unknown number, who returned the wallet to them.

 

From this whole saga, two things stand out.

One: The behaviour of their lifeskills teacher, Ms Cindy. Netizens have taken the time to identify her picture on the school’s Facebook website and to single her out. She has also since deleted her personal Facebook account.

 

Two: The identity of the mysterious person who text messaged Firas’ father. It could be Benjamin just trying to settle the situation but not wanting to actually face up to it. Or maybe trying to assuage his guilt somehow.

 

Update:

An ITE spokesperson reached out to us for comment. Below is their statement published on Facebook:

It reads:

ITE is aware of a Facebook post by one of our students, Mohamad Firas, regarding his wallet which was stolen in school and the follow-up actions taken by the institution. The College does not condone theft and views this very seriously. We had worked very closely with Firas since he reported his wallet missing on 8 Feb 2018 and had managed to identify the student who took his wallet on 13 Feb, a few days after he reported the loss. The student admitted taking the wallet.

On the same day, a scuffle broke out between Firas and his classmate during class. The lecturer who was in the class had no prior knowledge of Firas’ stolen wallet and was unaware that the students’ scuffle was related to it. Her main aim was to resolve the conflict between the students.

Our staff had advised Firas and his family to make a police report of the theft, should they wish to. We understand that Firas had made a police report on 14 Feb, and the police have since investigated and have given the student who stole the wallet a stern warning. Separately, the College will convene a disciplinary committee on Mon 30 Apr, and decide on the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken for the student. The College is also currently working with the families of the two students to resolve this issue amicably.

– ITE Spokesperson


obbana@theindependent.sg

22 COMMENTS

  1. nothing surprising at all. 99% of lecturers in ITE are inept. You can try attend their lesson and u dont know what the hell they are talking about. The 1% good ones usually degree holder will teach for a few years then get promoted to non-teaching management position

    • nothing got to do with the degree, diploma or A level! Its the character & responsibility of each individual lecturer or teachers thats important!

  2. Another prick. Why go around disturbing sleeping dog? They bite you back you complain, get a life man. Blame it on your own stupidity instead of blaming the teacher. Lucky it’s only your wallet and not being bashed up. Imagine you are sleeping and someone disturbed you, how would you feel brainless?

  3. Why get upset? If your classmate is not even remorse about it then straight away report police since there is cctv footage to show he steal your wallet, your other classmate will also get into trouble for abetting the theft. Lastly, report your teacher to your head of ite west for her irresponsible duty as a teacher and words that she used. She will likely get invistigated and reminded.

  4. What ever he has done whether he is a prick or an irritant the fact is that a crime has been committed and there is CCTV FOOTAGE. File a report and let the Police decide what to do. The school and the teachers are not custodians of the law and they do not decide what’s right or wrong. This is for the Police and the Courts to decide the outcome. Making a false report is also a serious offence and you should have refrained from doing it. I’m surprised the school tried to cover it up. Perhaps the Ministry of Education would like to comment.

  5. When you are in school you don’t sleep because it is not a hotel or a hostel it is a place where you go to study to be a civilised educated useful citizen of your country and a better future

  6. The teacher’s KPI and responsibilities are based on the students’ academic. Not sure about personal issues or student’s behavior. But I know teachers are expected to council trouble facing students as well. Therefore I think that ‘she’ feels that sweeping the dirt under the carpet is an easier option.

  7. What kind of person is Firas? I sympathise with Ms Cindy. She probably knows both Firas and Benjamin. She could be trying to help her students. Not making a police report, but does it mean they were not trying to resolve the matter. The school should try its best to keep these silly students away from more trouble and to learn from mistakes.

  8. First file the police report if really no choice, secondly that teacher is not fit to be a teacher by saying these, as behaviour and wallet missing are 2 different things.

    As for the rest, best is don’t go ITE if you really can choose, is a waste of time there (go to private schools instead) and some people there are fk up.

  9. ITE is aware of a Facebook post by one of our students, Mohamad Firas, regarding his wallet which was stolen in school and the follow-up actions taken by the institution. The College does not condone theft and views this very seriously. We had worked very closely with Firas since he reported his wallet missing on 8 Feb 2018 and had managed to identify the student who took his wallet on 13 Feb, a few days after he reported the loss. The student admitted taking the wallet.

    On the same day, a scuffle broke out between Firas and his classmate during class. The lecturer who was in the class had no prior knowledge of Firas’ stolen wallet and was unaware that the students’ scuffle was related to it. Her main aim was to resolve the conflict between the students.

    Our staff had advised Firas and his family to make a police report of the theft, should they wish to. We understand that Firas had made a police report on 14 Feb, and the police have since investigated and have given the student who stole the wallet a stern warning. Separately, the College will convene a disciplinary committee on Mon 30 Apr, and decide on the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken for the student. The College is also currently working with the families of the two students to resolve this issue amicably.

    – ITE Spokesperson

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