Schoolboy arrested for attack on teacher

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am

A 16-year-old schoolboy has been arrested after allegedly attacking a teacher with a chair in the latest incident of school violence.

The incident happened around 10am on Friday at the Lok Sin Tong Wong Chung Ming Secondary School in San Po Kong.

Police said that a 31-year-old male teacher was disciplining the student for eating when he was attacked.

The teacher, who suffered no injuries, reported the alleged assault to the police, who arrested the student. The boy was later released on bail.

'We believe that the student's emotions were unstable at that time, leading to conflict with the teacher,' the school's principal, Ho Sai-mun, said yesterday.

He said that the student had been receiving counselling from social workers prior to the attack. The school turned the matter over to police after speaking to the student's parents, Mr Ho added.

'It's an unfortunate incident and the school is saddened by it, but it is the responsibility of the school to teach students how to better care for themselves,' he said.

The 16-year-old has been told to report back to Wong Tai Sin police station next month. The school has also informed the education department of the incident.

The incident came to light a day after police said they would look into violence at a school in Shekkipmei after a former pupil claimed teachers had covered up incidents of bullying.

On Thursday, media published reports about a video clip that appeared to show a pupil at CMA Secondary School being beaten up by about 10 classmates last year.

Earlier this month, eight students pleaded guilty in court to assaulting a classmate at a Sheung Shui school after the beating was caught on video.