Police urged to control unruly youth

A parent has appealed to the Police to patrol the Savalalo bus station to control unruly youth who are harassing students waiting to catch the bus.

A mother from Safata, Ana Talalelei, told Samoa Observer that she worries for her children as she has seen how the youth behave and pick on students at the bus station.

"I have witnessed some of the kids who have just finished their school and come here to wait for their buses being bullied by these groups. They ask them for something and if they don't give in they start to hurt them,” she said.

“The Police should try and look into these kids because for me as a parent, if this is the case here at the market, then this place is not safe at all for my children.”

One of Mrs Talalelei’s children attends college and would normally wait for the bus at the Savalalo bus station, which she said now makes them vulnerable to being targeted by the group of unruly youth.

"My kids are at school and this is where they wait for the bus everyday. These kids should try and do something productive with their lives instead of going around and looking for trouble. Who knows maybe one day they will end up hurting our children.”

A teenager who lives in Moamoa, who did not want to be identified for fear of repercussions, told Samoa Observer that the unruly group have been roaming the town area and causing trouble amongst college students.

"They called themselves ‘gangsters’, and if one of them asked us for money and we didn't give it, that person will go back and bring their whole gang here. Sometimes they threatened us but were not scared of them after all we’re all humans. I'm just considerate of the elders who come here and wait for their buses," he said.

“These guys sometimes say rude jokes but our elders are listening, if not they will turn up their speakers and walk around on the seawalls without even considering anybody. They always disrespect our elders and as a Samoan we were taught by our parents to respect our elders.”

Last Saturday a young boy was assaulted at the Savalalo bus station with pictures of the incident uploaded to a Facebook group called Poka Time. According to the author of the Facebook post, the boys responsible for the assault are called “The Swoop” and “3 Conner”.

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