I wondered how long before a case like this came to light. Am I surprised? Not really. Things like these happen all the time in schools, and I’m only surprised that it’s taken so long for people to finally blog about it.
There are several things to be noted:
– Schools have no right, IMHO, to order her to take it down.
– The heads should have launched an immediate investigation instead of listening to the parents. This is a serious matter.
– The girl should be applauded. Any Malaysian student will tell you that the teachers, unless they’re the kind that are really dedicated to their job, and will smack students who copy. Which are a near-extinct species.
– WHO THE FUCK CARES ABOUT YOUR REPUTATION? IT’S ALREADY BEEN TARNISHED GO INVESTIGATE TO REGAIN YOU IDIOTS.
Aka PR Lesson no. 1: You investigate if there are allegations of impropriety in your organisation. You don’t go around saying:
The school’s senior assistant, Adilayah Ramli, said they did not mean to punish the young blogger or victimise her. “We asked her to remove the entry from the blog as it was slanderous and damaging to the teachers and students who were named.”
To Quote Ti and Everything else I learned in Ethics and Law classes in College:
IS IT SLANDER IF IT’S TRUE?