By Lagi Keresoma
APIA: Tuesday 28 August 2012: A St. Joseph college student was taken into police custody after issuing threatening words to the police who were trying to break up a fight between students at the Savalalo bus terminal last Friday afternoon.
Police were again called to more students fights last Friday at around mid afternoon as confirmed by the Assistant Police Commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula. He said that it has gotten to the point that “these students do not care” whether they are locked up or brought to the law.
Police say that St. Josephs students were amongst the ones who started the fight. Leaupepe said that school principals, teachers and parents should work together in setting up a strategic plan to try and eliminate these kinds of behaviour shown by the students in public places. Investigation into last Fridays fight continues.
Recently, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said that corporal punishment should be reintroduced if these kinds of behaviour
from students continue. However, the idea has faced opposition from several church schools who believe that corporal punishment
will only create more problems.
Father Penitito Mauga, media personnel for the Catholic church is one of those who refuse to think of corporal punishment as a remedy for the emerging violence. He said that changes has a lot to do with the behavioural and lifestyle trends of young people.
He said that the issue must be addressed properly and “we must look at the kind of environment a child is from.” He believes that in every school, there should be a counselor where students have time to share their innermost ideas, fears or even dreams.”
“Corporal punishment will only add to students rebelliousness,” said Father Penitito Mauga.
Five college students face charges and will appear in court later this year as a result of fighting a few weeks ago.