Thirty-nine students appeared for hearing before the Lae district courts this morning, after they were arrested during a school fight on Friday.
Thirteen of them were tried as juveniles later this week. The district court is expected to clamp down on the students.
The thirteen Bumayong students entered for their first hearing at the Lae district court, accompanied by parents. They faced State Prosecutors for involvement in school fights.
Twelve juvenile suspects under the age of 17 from the Bumayong Secondary School appeared before the Magistrate.
The hearing was adjourned to Friday after Public Solicitors explained that they were notified only this morning and weren’t ready.
Presiding Magistrate, Stanley Bino, says the students may face jail time or expulsion.
Each student paid K100 bail and can continue to attend classes while their Lawyers are preparing for the next hearing.
On Friday, Lae Secondary students, stoned a bus after suspecting Bumayong students, injuring passengers.
Leading to the Provincial Government putting pressure on schools to expel students or face disciplinary action. But church representative, Newman Watapi, raised concerns about the PEC’s push to expel and terminate students.
“Everything is beyond the teachers and discipline starts at News,” he says.
Meanwhile, a village court Magistrate, Sam Gani explains that the problem needs to be looked at carefully from all angles.
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