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Police Begin Probe Into Kidnap Claim By Student

According to the claims made by the student, she managed to fend off the would be kidnappers and while doing so she spotted two students from a prominent Suva school inside the van.
25 May 2019 10:00
Police Begin Probe Into Kidnap Claim By Student
Nasinu Gospel Primary School in Valelevu . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Police investigation into an alleged kidnapping claim by a primary school student in Nasinu is continuing as the topic has become a hot issue on social media.

According to the claims made by the student, she managed to fend off the would be kidnappers and while doing so she spotted two students from a prominent Suva school inside the van.

This led to the head teacher of the Nasinu school informing his counterpart in Suva of what the student had claimed.

The email by the Suva school head teacher sent to parents to check if they were missing a child was posted on social media.

Marist Brother Primary School headteacher Felix Magnus said the email was intended for parents because they wanted to check on their students.

He said the email was meant for the parents and had no idea how it had made it to social media.

He said it was the school’s effort to see all its students were safe.

It has now been confirmed that no students from the Suva school were missing.

The Fiji Sun has information that Police in Nasinu have checked CCTV footage of the area where the alleged kidnapping was supposed to have happened and have found nothing to verify the claims.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said their investigation was continuing and they would get to the bottom of the matter.

Online Safety Commissioner Anne Dunn agreed that false news and statements created hysteria and panic among the public because many would take social media posts as the gospel truth.

There have been two prior incidents where students have cried wolf about being kidnapped.

In March, a 13-year-old boy in Lautoka sparked a nationwide outcry after allegations that he managed to fend off the kidnappers.

And last month a nine-year-old also made similar claims.

Both claims were debunked by the Police after their investigations.

Edited by Percy Kean

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