St Joseph’s College has had enough of students who continue to disobey warnings about fighting in town. So much so it has expelled two students accused of assaulting a student from another school during a fight in town last week.
The decision was confirmed by the Director of Catholic Education, Ae’au Chris Hazelman, during an interview with the Weekend Observer, yesterday.
“The students were told that any more fights in public places would mean they will be charged by Police,” he said.
“They were also informed that the school would no longer have anything to do with them. They were told that they would be expelled without question.
“And that’s what we’ve done.”
Ae’au said the students are from “good families” and that the “school has done so much for them” in terms of trying to change their behaviour.
“From what I was told, there was a scuffle [on Wednesday] and it resulted with a bigger fight on Thursday in town that led to a boy being admitted to the hospital,” Ae’au explained.
The Director could not confirm the reason behind the scuffle.
“It’s not about who is in the right or wrong but it’s the idea that these students broke the law against fights in public places. That’s the issue here.”
The involvement of students from SJC has led to questions about what the school was doing about it, Ae’au said.
“The school has done so much for them,” he said.“We’ve tried to counsel them and this is within partnership with their parents. We’ve given them an opportunity.”
Aeau pointed out that one of the students was involved in a previous fight.
“His parents met with the principal in August before the school break for term 2.They guaranteed they would drop off and pick up their son every day from school. Part of the agreement was that he was no longer allowed to be in town.”
The school gave the student a second chance because his parents had promised to ensure he stays out of trouble.
Three weeks later, the student was again involved in a fight in town.
“When such incidents occur, there are always the comments that maybe these students are from broken families and that they lack a good relationship with their parents,” said Ae’au.
“This is not always the case. These kids are from good familiesbut something is wrong somewhere.”
The parents cannot be blamed, said the Director.
“There are many parents who are doing a fine job,” he said. “It’s unfair therefore to blame the parents.
“It is unfortunate that it only takes one or two students to ruin the name of the school.”
St Joseph’s though has had enough. And Ae’au warns that the school will no longer tolerate students who fight in town.