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Teachers’ college students clash

By Frank Rai

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Mar 17, 2009) - Disappointed "rejected" students to Balob Teachers College smashed the college bus in front of the Lae courthouse after their case was adjourned to next month.

The frustrated students stormed out of the courthouse and picked up rocks and started to stone the bus with the college principal and students in it.

The incident happened when the National Court adjourned the case between the rejected students and Balob Teachers’ College to April 10 next month. It was reported that some staff and students who were in the bus at the time of the attack also sustained injuries to their bodies from the broken windows.

Reports said the students in the bus returned to the college and bashed another student whom they claimed to be one of the suspects involved in the attack on them.

The security guards at the campus were attacked when they tried to intervene to help the lone student.

Eyewitnesses said the guard was allegedly stabbed on the head with an iron leg of a chair by one of the students.

They said two other guards also sustained serious bodily injuries and all three were admitted to the Angau Memorial Hospital.

The police mobile squad 13 was dispatched to the college to calm the situation. The main suspect who triggered the incident were arrested and is to be charged by police.

Meanwhile, after the incident, the 300-plus rejected students told reporters that they would ask their lawyer to present a submission seeking full enrolment for next year.

Mr. Mangalia also admitted that the students were frustrated over the adjournment and threw stones and sticks at the college bus, damaging all the windows.

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