Students arrested

Four students are still in custody after they were arrested on Thursday evening due to a dispute between Avele College, Saint Josephs College and Don Bosco. 

The four students are variously charged with assault, using insulting and obscene words, and causing grievous bodily harm.

According to the Media Officer of the Ministry of Police, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona, the ministry is still trying to come to terms with what happened at the flea market. 

“The students came prepared. They knew that we were busy with our preparations for the swearing in ceremony of new Members of Parliament,” said Maotaoalii. 

Maota said investigations continue and they are still bringing students in for questioning. 

“We have given them many chances, and it looks like they are also taking advantage of the police,” he said. 

He said they will not give any more chances to any students who disturb the peace in public. 

Maota claimed there is somebody behind this; someone who is setting up these fights. 

According to some of the police officers on duty yesterday, they said Saint Josephs came prepared. 

Their school finishes at 1:30pm but they were seen at the bus terminal way past that time because the fight started around 3:30pm that evening. 

Maota believed that it was the use of social media and advanced technology that could be the cause of the problem. 

“Other students who are not good in school are good at technology,” said Maota. 

He said a lot of disputes started from Facebook. 

There is cyber bullying and police are doing the best they can to give that message out to the public to make everyone aware of cyber crimes and cyber bullying because this is the outcome of it. 

Police were not able to confirm the number of those who were injured. 

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