Father of student choked to death in Riyadh school fight forgives son’s killer

Schools in Riyadh and throughout Saudi Arabia have for years been running awareness campaigns aimed at preventing bullying and violence among students. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2019

Father of student choked to death in Riyadh school fight forgives son’s killer

  • Schools in Riyadh and throughout Saudi Arabia have for years been running awareness campaigns aimed at preventing bullying and violence among students

RIYADH: The father of a Saudi student who died after a fight with a classmate has said he forgives his son’s killer.
The parent of the sixth grader has urged authorities not to punish any managers or teachers from the Riyadh elementary school over the incident.
The show of forgiveness sparked a huge response on social media with posters offering condolences and messages of support.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the General Directorate of Education in Riyadh, the student died after being choked during a fight with another youngster on Monday morning.
Ali Al-Ghamdi, a spokesman for the Riyadh Education Department, said the incident was caught on surveillance cameras at the school, which is located on the outskirts of the capital.
Teachers tried to help the student and called for an ambulance, but the boy died on his way to hospital, Al-Ghamdi added.
Saudi news website Sabq reported that the dead student’s father had later pardoned his son’s attacker and appealed for school management and teachers not to face punishment over the matter.
On Twitter @teacher_rights said: “What the father of the student did is a lesson to be taught.” @Avav_1900 said: “A thousand lessons of ethics.” @thamralkhzay43 said: “The child should be punished severely so he doesn’t commit this violence again. He is 12 years old, which means he is aware that his action was wrong.”
Schools in Riyadh and throughout Saudi Arabia have for years been running awareness campaigns aimed at preventing bullying and violence among students.
Dr. Nadia Nusair, a family psychological counselor, said: “Bullying is a form of violence and abuse directed at a person or a group of people with the least physical or psychological strength. It is followed by intimidation and threats, and may be practiced in school, work or other places.”
“In the case in Riyadh, the student used direct bullying by beating and suffocating his classmate. In a questionnaire about who is most influential on the phenomenon of violence, the result was: 35 percent influence of parents and education, 27 percent school, and 38 percent the influence of social media and media in its different forms.”
Nusair said bullies had often been the victim of bullying themselves with some children being subjected to violence at home.
She stressed the importance of victims of bullying bringing it to the notice of others as early as possible.
Supervisor of a boy’s school in Riyadh, Ibrahim Al-Khbrani, told Arab News that following Monday’s tragedy students and staff had gathered to discuss the incident.


Concerns rise over fake gold in Saudi Arabia

Local gold markets have seen stagnation in recent times, because of the increasing price of gold on international stock markets. (Photo/Shutterstock)
Updated 22 February 2020

Concerns rise over fake gold in Saudi Arabia

  • Accusations fly as pilgrims targeted by sellers of counterfeit precious metal

JEDDAH: A video posted on Twitter by a member of the Precious Metals Committee explaining the ways some gold manufacturers manipulate weight of gold and diamonds has attracted significant attention in Saudi Arabia, raising the question of the authenticity of gold in the Kingdom.

In the video, Mohammed Azooz said cover-ups have made many Saudi gold sellers lose power over the market, and that industry was being controlled by non-Saudis.
In the video, he explained how some people circumvented customs and sneak gold into the country, especially during the Hajj season to target pilgrims.
The Arabic translation of #cheating_in_jewelry has been trending in Twitter for a few days, and several people posted about the issue, blaming those who were selling fake gold to pilgrims as pure gold.
This is not the first time the fake gold issue has been raised. The World Gold Council previously suspended its activities in the Kingdom following claims that some jewelry manufacturers mixed glass with gold. Former Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal rejected the accusations at the time, described them as “grave and dangerous.”
Local gold markets have seen stagnation in recent times, because of the increasing price of gold on international stock markets.

FASTFACTS

• Types of gold depend on the percentage of gold per kilogram. For example, 24k gold, which is considered the best in quality, is 99 percent gold mixed with 1 percent of precious metal such as silver or copper. This type of gold is considered pure, and not used for adornment.

• For a kilogram of 22k gold, 125 grams of precious metals are added to 875 grams of pure gold; 150 grams of precious metals are added to 850 grams to make a kilogram of 21k gold, and 18k gold has 250 grams of precious metals per kilogram.

The price of one kilogram of 24 karat (k) gold in the Kingdom can reach SR185,000 ($46,700).
Gold and economic experts say that the movement in gold prices depends on numerous factors such as political and economic events around the world, the price of the US dollar in banks, black markets, as well as the supply and demand trends in global stock markets.

Types of gold depend on the percentage of gold per kilogram. For example, 24k gold, which is considered the best in quality, is 99 percent gold mixed with 1 percent of precious metal such as silver or copper. This type of gold is considered pure, and not used for adornment.
For a kilogram of 22k gold, 125 grams of precious metals are added to 875 grams of pure gold; 150 grams of precious metals are added to 850 grams to make a kilogram of 21k gold, and 18k gold has 250 grams of precious metals per kilogram.

Opinion

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The Kingdom has launched an initiative, the first of its kind, authorizing authorities to launch a Shariah-based gold investment fund to enrich investment products through the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).
Moath Alkhasawneh, CEO and board member of FALCOM Financial Services, said the FALCOM Gold Fund was officially licensed by the Capital Market Authority. The fund aims to add value to Tadawul through a Shariah-based investment fund, as gold trading transactions are considered a good investment and a high-quality commodity with low risks in investment portfolios.
“Gold retains its value compared to banknotes — their value decreases because of inflation. The high demand on gold in light of the shortage of supply can drive the prices of gold higher in the long run,” said Alkhasawneh.
“The gold investment fund focuses on investment in pure and precious gold, and the investment transactions will take place at the Switzerland Gold Market under the supervision of the higher authorities in Switzerland. This will make it safer and more flexible.”