Youth leadership training company Agape Group Holdings helped 640 young people who struggled with anti-social behaviour, such as violent outbursts in class, last year. This number has doubled over the last three years.
“These attention-seekers challenge authority and their aim is to take control of the conversation as they do not get that sense of control elsewhere,” said Agape’s Chief executive Delane Lim.
For example, after a teen punched his classmate in the face two months ago, Mr Delane Lim wanted to counsel him outside of class time to minimise disruption.
But the youth insisted on arguing with Mr Lim for an hour in front of the whole class.
“A number of them are bright, confident and eloquent kids who debunk the stupid delinquent stereotype,” said Mr Lim.
This only worsens the parents’ frustrations.