4 May 2016

Samoa govt acts to rein in school brawls

7:14 am on 4 May 2016

The Samoa government has shut down Avele College from today pending the outcome of police investigations into continued violence involving students.

Most recently Avele College students brawled with students from Malua fou College in the Samoan capital of Apia. A bus with several Avele students was stoned by Malua fou students last Friday.

Several students from both schools have been arrested and charged by the police.

Reconciliation between two Samoa colleges, Avele and Malua fou.

Reconciliation between two Samoa colleges, Avele and Malua fou. Photo: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Avele's principal has blamed the use of social media for escalating the fighting.

Malua fou College was due to open today after being closed on Tuesday.

In March, a series of fights involving pupils from Avele and Saint Joseph Colleges and the Don Bosco vocational training school left a teacher in hospital when he was hit by a rock in the forehead.

Students and teachers from the schools involved later apologised to each other in a series of reconciliations over Easter weekend.

The government has also decided that from next year its grants for Mission Schools will go directly to the schools, to encourage students to stop flouting police authority.

It has also directed the Attorney General to draft legislation to help discourage the brawls.

Violence caused by students has been widely shared on social media:

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