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Stop it now before it’s too late

The message by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua to the students of Marist Brothers High School was short and clear – “Stop it and do the right thing.”
03 Oct 2012 12:23

The message by the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua to the students of Marist Brothers High School was short and clear – “Stop it and do the right thing.”
“When you do the wrong thing you are going to face the consequences as no one is above the law,” the Commissioner of Police added.
The school brawl involving the students of Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) and Suva Grammar School (SGS) was totally uncalled for. No wonder then that old scholars of both distinguished institutions have admonished the current crop of students for bringing the school name into disrepute.
Now a student of MBHS is in police custody and has been charged with assault and will be appearing in court soon.
The Prime Minister has aired government’s concern especially when it involves the younger generation, on whom this nation will rely for national leadership in the future.
The police certainly have to carry out thorough investigations into the brawls to ensure that the law is enforced and justice is upheld against whoever was involved in these acts of violence that occurred last Friday and Monday.
Surely only some students are involved in the brawl but they have involved the whole school especially when they were in school uniforms.
No one condones violence.
The Police Commissioner did not mince his words when he said – “This has to stop.”
A sociologist said – “Use of violence has been considered an effective way to solve a problem. Everybody prefers a quick fix to long, draining dialogues. Yet, the moral of the student brawls is overarching. They can mark a start to a process of cultural reform that promotes dialogue as the only way to solve whatever problems are facing society.”
Clearly, officials from both schools need to investigate this incident. The larger issue is that all schools must have an aggressive, pro-active approach to these brawls.
We must thank the Commissioner of Police for his intervention especially when the incident seemed to be escalating.
There’s no place for troublemakers.
Now police will increase patrols at the Suva bus station after school everyday.
It is also time that counseling is done in the two schools to the students involved.
Of course, it is an uphill challenge that begs the devotion and dedication of everybody, particularly the parents and those in power.
It is also time for the Ministry of Education to introduce disciplinary actions for schools to use in such a case.
Surely expulsion would be effective but the MOE has recently given a directive that students who misbehave or are involved in any form of misconduct while in school would not be expelled. According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry the reason for no expulsion was because the government wanted all children to be educated and be in school.
Let’s all work to ensure that our children receive the best education possible in Fiji.




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