Driver arrested after security officer nearly knocked down by car at Red Swastika

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An incident involving a Bentley driver at Red Swastika School on 11 January 2022. (SCREENGRAB: SGRV/Facebook)
An incident involving a Bentley driver at Red Swastika School on 11 January 2022. (SCREENGRAB: SGRV/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — Education Minister Chan Chun Sing has criticised the “unacceptable behaviour” of a driver for the “dangerous manoeuvres” against a security officer and a school staff at a school.

While Chan did not mention the location, a video of the incident involving a Bentley car shows that it took place at Red Swastika School on Tuesday morning (11 January).

“This is not the way we should behave towards our security and school personnel who are performing their duties to keep our schools and our children safe,” Chan said in a Facebook post.

The Ministry of Education is looking into the case, and will not hesitate to make a police report if warranted, Chan added.

In the video, the driver is seen trying to enter the school while he was being stopped by the security officer. A passenger was outside the car holding a phone while talking to a school staff.

The passenger entered the Bentley while the driver began moving the car forward despite the presence of the security officer standing in front of it. The officer can be seen nearly losing his balance when the Bentley was being driven. The staff was also standing by the side of the car while it was moving.

In a statement, the police said a 61-year-old man has been arrested for rash act causing hurt while the 62-year-old security guard sustained minor injuries, according to media reports.

“As adults we should set a positive example for our children in how we treat others with respect, and abide by the rules that are in place for the collective security of our school community,” Chan said.

In a statement about the incident, the President of the Security Association Singapore, Raj Joshua Thomas, called the driver’s behaviour “utterly deplorable”.

Thomas said the SAS is aware that a police report has been made and will leave it to the police to take the necessary action.

“It is completely unacceptable for members of the public to try to get their way by bullying, intimidating, causing physical harm to or in any other way harassing officers while they are performing their duties,” Thomas said.

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