Shotput accident sends R.L.S.S. student to hospital

A Year 10 student from Robert Louis Stevenson School (R.L.S.S.) is in a serious condition following a sporting accident on the school's sporting grounds on Wednesday this week. 

The Samoa Observer understands that the schoolboy sustained a serious injury to the skull from a shotput ball that landed on the back of his head. It is understood the ball was thrown by a Year 9 student.

The boy remains in hospital.

Phone calls and a visit to the school to seek comment from the R.L.S.S. Principal, Fiaapia Devoe, were not met with success. 

Meanwhile, the Police remain in the dark about the issue.

The Deputy Commissioner for the Ministry of Police, Aua'apau Logoitino Filipo, confirmed with the Samoa Observer on Friday afternoon that no report on the incident has been relayed to the Ministry.

He said incidents of such a nature are usually communicated to the Police by the hospital, however, as of Friday afternoon, they had not received any word.

A concerned parent of the school who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity on Friday said whilst picking up their children from school prior to the day of the incident, he noticed that students practise with javelin and shot put out on the open field.

"[It] didn't look like they were supervised at all, prior to Wednesday's incident," they alleged.

On Friday when the Samoa Observer visited the school grounds, students practising javelin in the open field were under official supervision.

The incident comes exactly a month after a 16-year-old student of St Josephs College died following a sporting accident on school grounds.

The young boy fell to his death on the cement floor of the school hall during a sack race organised to commemorate the feast day of the College’s namesake, Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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