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By Philip Dowa, Sampson Bonai and Yehiura Hriehwazi

PORT MORESBY, PNG (The National, Aug.3) – A student went berserk stabbing two teachers to death and seriously wounding another in one of Lae city’s popular schools at about midday yesterday.

The horrible attacks occurred in front of frightened and screaming students and staff at Coronation International College just after lunch when classes were about to resume.

A security guard was chased by the lone knife-wielding male teenage student but took cover behind a brick wall, according to school officials.

One teacher said last night classes would resume as normal despite the traumatic impact on students and staff.

The teenage student used a pocket-knife to stab a male teacher from East New Britain on the head and another male Morobean teacher on the abdomen. They both died. A female auxiliary staff was stabbed on her breast, and she is in a critical condition at the Tusa Private Hospital, about 600 metres from the school.

The assailant is said to be from Manus and is a TAFE student. His father, according to officials, is the principal of a high school in Manus province.

The student was said to have been under the influence of drugs when he went on the stabbing spree.

The school principal, Mr Les Raori, did not want to release the identity of the teachers but confirmed that the student stabbed three of his staff members with a pocket knife at around 1pm.

He said the three were rushed to the Tusa Hospital but two died while doctors were attending to the auxiliary staff.

Mr Roari added that the suspect, who is a student at the college, was doing his TAFE studies and just went crazy stabbing the three staff members.

He was apprehended and is in police custody.

He said the school is trying to inform the immediate relatives of the teachers of the incident.

"We cannot release the names and details of the staff until the relatives are informed," Mr Roari said. The bodies of the two teachers are now at the Angau Memorial Hospital morgue.

He described the student as being one very good person but said something must have gone wrong with him to cause that incident.

Lae police also confirmed the stabbing to death incident of two male teachers by a teenage assailant and said the student has been apprehended by police and is in custody.

Formal charges will be laid against the suspect after police have completed their investigations into the killing.

Sources said the East New Britain teacher is a TAFFE college lecturer and the other murdered teacher is a Morobean from the Salamaua area. He was a primary school teacher at the college.

Both men died at around 3pm from loss of blood.

Thursday, August 4, 2005

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