Avele College students charged

Two Avele College students charged in relation to an attack on one of the school’s teachers two weeks ago will appear before Court on 22 March 2018.

The pair, who were expelled from school for bad behaviour, face charges of being armed with a dangerous weapon and throwing stones.

This was confirmed by Police Spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino.

They were also called before their Village Council on Monday.

A family member, who spoke to Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, explained the incident erupted as a result of the pair rebelling against actions that were allegedly carried out by the teacher.

“It is alleged one of the pair received a beating from the teacher involved because of his uniform while the other student was because of his hair cut.

“The two students told the Village Council they were embarrassed when they were scolded by the teacher in front of other students during the school assembly.

“It is alleged one of the students was punched in the face by the teacher and landed on the ground.

They told the Village Council that the teacher had cut the other student’s hair during the assembly.

“The teacher mocked the other student’s haircut.

“According to the student, the teacher said ‘watch the hair it looks like the hair of someone who was getting a haircut and suddenly got up and started running’.

“Following this incident, the students caught up with the teacher and attacked him, which involved the throwing of stones.

“When the stone missed the teacher’s head, the teacher chased the students and caught one of them.

“This was when one of the students was beaten.

“And since the matter is now in the hands of Police, the village has advised and encouraged the children to stay away from trouble.”

According to the family member, this means the village has played its part and will now leave it to the Court to decide what the students’ fate will be.

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