5 May 2008

Samoa stops school sports competitions following violent brawl

1:38 pm on 5 May 2008

The Samoan government has banned all sports competitions for college and high schools for this year after a violent brawl between students.

Three male students from the Don Bosco technical school are facing attempted murder charges for seriously injuring a female student.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia reports from Apia.

"The cabinet in its weekly meeting has decided to ban all sports activities for high schools and colleges in the country as a result of a violent school braw lin the last two weeks. The school brawl resulted in one of the police officers being injured and several students as well. And also, a female student from Lefifi college is suffering from severe burns as a result of a petrol bomb. Last Friday the police released on bail 20 Don Bosco students, which includes three Don Bosco students who are jointly charged with the attempted murder."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia reporting.