School Principal faces assault charge
The Principal of Palalaua College, Leoloa Tuuu Mautofiga, has been charged with assault over an incident involving a Year 13 student at the school.
This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil.
During the interview with the Samoa Observer, the Police Commissioner emphasised the importance for teachers to know the difference between reasonable force and assault.
“There is fine line between reasonable force and assault,” he said.
“Assault is assault and in this particular case here, we have evidence that it was not reasonable force. There is a breach of the law and it is assault. The individual has been charged."
It’s alleged the student was struck with a P.V.C.-like pipe as a disciplinary measure for posting a photo on social media of he and a friend in school uniform.