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Reddy: Students Photographed Smoking Removed from School

Reddy: Students  Photographed Smoking Removed from School
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy
April 12
16:31 2017

Students in Nadi who were alleged to have been photographed smoking a substance while in their school uniforms have been removed from the school, the Ministry of Education has confirmed.

Minister Mahendra Reddy confirmed this yesterday saying there were five Year 13 students and one Year 11 student.

This comes after photos were circulated on social media showing students allegedly smoking a substance from a bottle, believed to be marijuana, with their school uniform and badge clearly visible.

Earlier yesterday, Police visited the school after they found out about the students.

Mr Reddy said the ministry and the school principal will be addressing this issue.

“We need to understand that there is drug peddling going on and they find our children vulnerable.

“What happened was that someone found these children in the park waiting for the bus and approached them and gave them these dried weed to smoke,” the minister said.

“So I don’t think it’s a continuous thing. Police have been informed and the Police will take it from there.”

Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI) Fiji national president Sadasivan Naicker, said they were aware of the incident.

Mr Naicker said the school principal had reported the matter to the Ministry of Education who will now deal with the issue.

He declined to comment further on the matter.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the officer in charge in the Nadi district was directed to speak to the teachers and address their concerns in regards to the conduct of these students.

The officer was also directed to speak to the students concerned.

Ms Naisoro said this was the only thing Police could do at this stage

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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