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Students suspended over brawl

A brawl at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-owned Pesega College has led to the suspension of a number of students.

Pesega College Principal, Siakisone Taleni, confirmed the student brawl during an interview with the Samoa Observer, but denied “false rumours” that a teacher in the college was involved in the clash.

“It was just a normal fight between students from playing too harsh and stupidly and we’re suspending them,” he said.

“Some are suspended for one, two or three days, some are more than that and for the son of the teacher that was involved, the [school] management is looking into it.

“No one was taken to the hospital or anything as there was no serious injury, because as I said, it was only a fight between the students themselves and the teacher was not a part of it.”

The Samoa Observer was not able to confirm how many students exactly were in the brawl. 

Early last week, a Pesega College student claimed he was beaten up by a teacher, his son and other students which led to a scuffle between the parents of the students involved and college staff.

According to information shared on social media and passed on to the Samoa Observer, the student who was victimised during the brawl was kicked in the mouth by the teacher.

But Mr. Taleni dismissed that claim and added that the teacher’s son who was allegedly involved in the clash is not a student at the college, but happened to be on campus at that time when the brawl happened. 

Asked if the Police had been contacted, Mr. Taleni said no and indicated that the school has and will continue to handle the incident themselves.

Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from the family of the student who was beaten up was not possible by press time.

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