POLICE have arrested and charged four students who were among a group who damaged property at a school in Wewak, East Sepik, and looted its canteen last Friday.
Provincial police commander Joe Poma strongly condemned what the students did at the Brandi Secondary School in Wewak.
He said up to 30 students were involved and everyone would be brought to justice. Police believe that the students were under the influence of alcohol. Poma said the students damaged three teachers’ quarters, the staff room and deputy principal’s office.
They broke into the school canteen, looted it and chased away the teachers on duty, including three single teachers who fled from the school compound.
Four of the students who began the rampage on Friday evening have been charged by police. More are expected to be arrested soon.
“It has become a habit for students to turn on teachers and the school when the administration takes action on them on disciplinary matters,” he said.
“Alcohol abuse by students is widespread and when the school takes action, the students become defensive.
“This is totally unacceptable behaviour and police will not hesitate to arrest and charge students who misbehave.”
Poma, who is a former student of the school, said he would discuss with the school and education officials in Wewak about removing the male boarders from the school dormitories.
“If this group of students cannot behave, they may as well be day students and can get drunk at home,” he said.
“We cannot keep them at the school and posing a threat to teachers.”
Provincial education advisor Joseph Auli said he would comment on the incident late
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