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School awaits police report, before terminating student

BY DOROTHY MARK

A 10-year-old student (named) was arrested by police last week after he allegedly used a home made firearm and tried to rob a man and his wife near the Kalibobo Lighthouse in Madang province.

Stepping out in front of the vehicle, the boy pointed the firearm at the vehicle saying: “Hold up yaa co-operate!”

Only in grade one, the student was in the company of a grade five student, both identified as attending Lutheran Day Primary School.

The boy from Yangoru, East Sepik province, resides within Madang town and attempted the robbery last Wednesday between noon and 1pm along Kalibobo Drive.

According to the victim, the boy had put his hand into his school bag and removed the firearm.

In a short statement to the Post-Courier, the victim said: “I stopped the car and came out and chased the little boy towards a security house at the end of the town golf course.”

He said his wife took over and drove after the boy while he chased on foot and caught him with the help from some security guards in the area.

He called police while chasing so police arrived just in time and took the boy. The boy allegedly threw the weapon into the sea.

His accomplice ran away when he saw that the victim manhandled the would be robber.

Minister for Education Jimmy Uguro said that students involved in crime is outside of school curricular activities and is a police matter.

“Students involved in crime is against the law and must not be allowed to continue in school, and their privilege to school is restricted or terminated on the spot,” he said.

“Students must be in school and should not be involved in criminal activities or face expulsion. There should not be bullying in schools and practice of cult is also prohibited, including many unnecessary negative behaviours.”

The school board chairman Stanley Gaan said the student was taken in by police for questioning last week over the alleged crime.

“We will wait for police report on the situation and then proceed with termination for the particular student,” he said.

He urged other schools in the province to tighten up school discipline for both teachers and students so that both students and teachers stay focused on nothing else, but school work and activities while in school.

Mr Gaan said Lutheran Day Primary School is undergoing a student character and discipline rehabilitation, where parents and students were made to sign disciplinary agreement forms.

According to Mr Gaan, students who disobey school rules will face disciplinary charges.