5 Mar 2020

3 teens arrested in Fiji over beating of school student

3:48 pm on 5 March 2020

Three teenagers have been arrested in relation to the beating of a Fiji student that had been filmed and posted online this week.

Fiji police (file photo).

Fiji police (file photo). Photo: Facebook / Fiji Police Force

The group, aged between 15 and 17, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and are due to appear at the Sigatoka Magistrates Court today.

A video, viewed thousands of times, was posted on Facebook this week appearing to show a boy being beaten in a Fiji boarding school.

Facebook removed the video after a request from the country's Online Safety Commission.

Police say the incident took place last year.

The case comes as the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council released a report saying there were over 1,280 cases of bullying recorded in Fiji schools in 2019.