By Rachel Shisei – EM TV, Madang
Madang police have been visiting schools and communities to conduct awareness, after the recent surge of school fights.
The fights resulted in the damaging and torching down of school buildings and other properties.
The awareness campaign began two weeks ago, with Madang Governor, Jim Kas, Provincial Administrator, Sam Aloi, and the Provincial Police Commander, Sylvestor Kalaut, travelling to schools outside of the town area to speak to students, staff, parents and members of the community.
PPC Kalaut said, the team visited the troubled schools in Bogia, Transgogol, Ramu, Raicoast and Karkar.
Schools within the town area were visited by the Madang community policing officers, led by Constable, Peter Gorek.
Constable Gorek has been hard on students; warning them not to consume drugs and homebrew, as these had caused students to act disorderly, and caused the fighting.
“Take this awareness as a friendly reminder but more importantly as a warning, because this issue is very critical and you will face serious charges if we catch you,” said Gorek.
The constable said, he also made strong remarks to the parents, stressing that the students will not go out-of-hand if parents and communities tightened their control on the children, urging them to stay focused on their education.
According to Constable Gorek, settlements, which included ‘Public tank and Biliau’, were visited by the provincial and town authorities. Residents were warned to surrender equipment used to make homebrew, and also told to report the selling of marijuana.