Public supports Chanel College expulsion
Parents have endorsed a decision made by Fr Sipiliano Fakaosi of Chanel College to expel five students for a viral social media showing female students assaulting a classmate.
Mareta Michael has said that the decision may be harsh but was a good call by the Principal. She says that the decision assures parents of their children's safety.
"When I watched the video that was posted on social media I was really angry because if that was my daughter being beaten up like that I will be visiting these kids the next day,” said Mrs. Michael whose children do not attend the school.
“As a parent, we all love our children and we wouldn't want our children to be in an environment where they'll get abused. Posting it on social media made it even worse; now the whole world has watched this poor young girl being assaulted by these other students.”
Mrs. Michael, a mother with two daughters who are in their college years, says she felt sorry for the young victim.
"I have my daughters and I wouldn't want to see any of them being beaten up and posted on social media,” she said.
“Hats off to the principal for standing by his decision and I know it was a hard one for him to make but I salute him. It is a harsh decision but it was a fair call.”
Another mother, Theresa Fry, says that no child should be scared to attend school, and other people's children are now reluctant to go to school lest they become physically injured.
"Bullying another student shouldn't be found in schools here in Samoa; our kids weren't put to school so that another kid would come and use them as a punching bag,” she said.
“I know that the students being expelled had a right to education but they broke a school rule and they had to face the consequences for their action.”
Mrs. Fry read the article in the Samoa Observer on Friday and went on Facebook to find the video.
"I was devastated when I saw the young girl that was beaten up by the others I got teary because no mother would bear to see her daughter being assaulted like that," she said.
The parents both advise the young generation to make education their first priority and use their pens to express disagreements.