Inside the Middle East
May 8, 2012
Posted: 1234 GMT

Open any newspaper in the United Arab Emirates and you'll find a story on 11-year-old Loujain Hussain.

The seventh grader remains in hospital recovering from a brain hemorrhage after being severely beaten by four boys in the playground of her private school in Abu Dhabi on April 19.

It is a story that has sparked widespread outrage and prompted calls to action in this Gulf nation. There are reports today that the private school where the beating took place is being investigated and could be shut down.

A local article last week quoted school officials as saying the four boys who conducted the beating were not suspended from the school as they have no “bad history.”

A wake up call for many parents and educators as the issue school bullying enters the spotlight.

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Higino Miranda   May 9th, 2012 9:46 am ET

No, No, I can't believe this is happening in Abu Dhabi.
I have been a resident for 35 years and only recently left for greener pastures on the 40th. Anniversary of the Respectful Federation. 2nd. Dec., 2011.
What ever has happened to the serene, peaceful, harmonious, courteous and respectful living habbits instilled and abided by both Residents and Locals ? !
I have had my 2 daughters studying in private reputed schools and at the time they left Abu Dhabi one had finished Gr. 11 and the younger sibling – Gr. 7.
I have read this article with shock and disgust, and only hope that this event will be an eye opening to the authorities to eradicate such mentality which should not be tolerated.

Michael   May 11th, 2012 9:00 am ET

These are the very type of kids that grow up to be the Saddams, Asads, Qadhafis, and Mubaraks of the world. If these boys felt comfortable doing this in middle school, what will they be comfortable doing as adults?

icon pack   October 8th, 2012 5:40 am ET

Here those on!

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