12-year-old student in South Sumatra paralyzed after schoolmates allegedly beat him up

The 12-year-old victim, identified by his initials AF, at the hospital. He fractured his neck after at least three of his seniors, along with a junior, allegedly beat him up at their school in Musi Rawas regency on Monday last week. Photo:  Istimewa
The 12-year-old victim, identified by his initials AF, at the hospital. He fractured his neck after at least three of his seniors, along with a junior, allegedly beat him up at their school in Musi Rawas regency on Monday last week. Photo: Istimewa

An elementary school student in South Sumatra is reportedly paralyzed after a severe bullying incident at the hands of his own schoolmates. 

The 12-year-old victim, identified by his initials AF, fractured his neck after at least three of his seniors, along with a junior, allegedly beat him up at their school in Musi Rawas regency on Monday last week. Authorities said the students were fighting before AF fell down and hit his neck on the floor, which led to the severe injury. 

AF fell into a coma for three days before he was referred to Dr. Mohammad Hoesin General Hospital in the province’s capital of Palembang last Saturday. AF has since received intensive medical treatment, though doctors have been unable to conduct surgery due to his unstable condition as of Tuesday. 

The hospital’s spokesperson Suhaimi said on Tuesday that AF is currently paralyzed, adding that the medical team will do their best for his recovery.

Musi Rawas regent Ratna Machmud has promised to pay for AF’s medical treatment, as the child’s parents are reportedly in financial difficulties. 

Novikawati, AF’s mother, has filed a police report and hopes for the students who bullied her son to be punished accordingly. 


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