The Saudi students driving police around the bend

The Saudi students driving police around the bend
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Published January 9th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Saudi students have been arrested by police for dangerous stunts while driving. (AFP/File)
Saudi students have been arrested by police for dangerous stunts while driving. (AFP/File)

Undercover police officers have arrested more than 20 students at intermediate and secondary schools in North Obhur in Jeddah for performing dangerous stunts on the streets close to their schools, a traffic official told Arab News on Wednesday.

The students were released when their guardians provided the police with undertakings that they would have to report back after their examinations to face legal action, said Brig. Saeed Al-Hamaz, spokesman of the traffic police.

Local residents have expressed concern about the behavior of the young men because they are endangering their own lives and those of other people. They could also cause considerable damage to private and public property.

Muhammad Al-Ahdal, a sports coach, said students want to show off because there is no parental control when they leave school early. There is also often peer pressure involved in making them drive so recklessly. Something must be done to ensure they head home immediately after school, he said.

There should be extra police officers deployed at schools before and after examinations to prevent students from indulging in these dangerous activities. Schools should also install closed-circuit television cameras to monitor what happens when students leave examination halls, he said.

Muhammad Al-Qahtani, a secondary school student in Jeddah, said the pressure of the examinations might be the cause of this antisocial behavior. However, he said, some parents are failing to discipline their sons, and are also not making an effort to get them involved in sports or taking them out for picnics and other recreational activities.

By Nadim al-Hamid

“The poor behavior of students during examinations is not a failure of the Ministry of Education," Al-Qahtani said.

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