Schoolgirls terrified with ‘snake’ training

Oct 19, 2016
Some primary school pupils got scared when a snake was thrown into a muddy pit as part of a training programme.
Primary school pupils feared for their lives when a snake was thrown into a muddy pit as part of a training programme.

An act of throwing a live snake into a muddy pit as part of character-building training has scared the living daylights out of some primary schoolgirls.

A nearly three-minute video on the ‘snake training’, which has gone viral, showed terrified pupils screaming and crying when a snake was thrown into the pit.

Those who tried to get out of the pit to escape the slithering snake were sprayed with water.

The pupils were earlier instructed to wade through the muddy pit as part of their training to build-up their character when the live snake was thrown into the muddy water.

The department is in the process of identifying the instructors in the video for action to be taken.

They are expected to be hauled up soon.

Malaysian Civil Defence Force (CDF) deputy director-general of operations Selamat Dahalan said the incident, which allegedly took place at Kuala Kangsar, Perak, would be investigated and a report would be readied in a week’s time.

“We regret that this has happened. This is an individual act and not sanctioned by the department,” said Selamat, adding that the unconventional training method was against CDF standard operating procedure (SOP).

Training modules for primary school children usually involved demonstrations of what they should do in an emergency, some basic first-aid training and fire awareness.

The one showed in the video, said Selamat was nothing like what CDF conducted before.

“There should not be any water spraying or making the kids wade in a muddy pit – let alone involve a snake,” he said.

The incident was condemned by National Parent-Teachers Association chairman Prof Mohamad Ali Hassan, who called on the government to ban such a training method, suspend the training centre and blacklist the trainers.

“The trainers should be sent for rehabilitation, themselves. It is a live snake. Not a toy snake. What were they thinking?” he asked.