A group of elementary school students from the Sukabumi Regency of West Java, Indonesia were recently caught smoking by their teacher inside school grounds; as punishment, the children were made to smoke more inside the teacher’s lounge as their classmates laugh at them.
The incident happened on Saturday, November 3, according to Indonesian news site SukabumiUpdate as translated by Coconuts Jakarta. The ironic – and illogical – punishment was also captured on video by one of the teachers and made its way online.
Many netizens expressed outrage by the way the teachers punished the children; however, the principal did not deny what happened at the school, and announced that she will hold a press conference that will address the public’s outrage.
The regency’s lawmakers, meanwhile, have condemned how the teachers handled the situation. They pointed out that the punishment is not educational in any way for the children, and that smoking indoors is a direct violation of the region’s smoking regulation.
With what happened, the lawmakers could impose a fine on the school, said in another report.
The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) was also not very pleased with how the teachers punished the children. They criticized their decision, saying that there are far more appropriate ways to discipline the kids than making them continue to smoke cigarettes.
Images screenshot via YouTube / Sukabumi Update