More students are getting locked up by police in Madang for drinking home brew and misbehaving in public. Just yesterday another group of students, this time from the Tusbab Secondary School who were picked up by police for drinking they were still within the school grounds.
“The deputy principal of Tusbab Secondary School called me regarding the students, so I sent a police unit to pick them up. The students were drinking home brew in the school’s hall,” Madang Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent Jacob Singura, said.
Only two male students were locked up for having home brew in their possession, and the others were released. Similar arrests have been made for Divine Word students and even primary school students.
“These days the children think they have all the right but we’ve got to be cautious all time as parents also to assist and advice our children to abstain from home brew, alcohol and drugs,” said Singura.
Penalties for drinking home brew are higher than that of drinking factory made alcohol, and the charges are the same for everyone, regardless of whether you’re a student or not.
According to the Provincial Police Commander, K500 is the bail rate, but that’s if the arresting officer allows bail, and the court will sentence anyone found guilty with three months imprisonment.
Superintendent Singura is now appealing to the students to not abuse their chances of getting education, and concentrate on securing their future.