Police investigate mass student brawl shown in YouTube clip

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, 12:00am

A huge gang brawl involving 50 students from different schools at a Ho Man Tin estate is the subject of an official investigation after the fight was featured in a YouTube clip.

The 21/2-minute clip had attracted 43,000 hits by last night. It was understood to have been recorded and uploaded by a resident of Oi Man Estate, who was watching from his flat on Monday.

The footage shows a group of students in navy sweaters joined by about 10 others attacking a group of students dressed in grey. Some of the students used their fists and feet in the attacks. A few fell to their knees and protected their heads with their arms.

Police were called to the scene at about 5.30pm, but the brawlers had gone when they arrived.

A police source said it appeared the students came from three or four schools, but after analysing the footage they believed students from only one school were responsible for the attack. No arrests had been made.

'We are trying to reach other witnesses,' said the source. 'There is no indication of triad involvement so far but we will continue our investigations.'

A police spokesman said school liaison officers had contacted schools in the district.

In online forums, there was speculation that the students came from four secondary schools in Ho Man Tin. But the schools named either denied their students were involved or chose not to comment.

Staff from SKH Holy Trinity Church Secondary School said they were certain their students were not involved in the fight, saying their 'school uniforms were green'.

A Carmel Secondary School spokesman said the school could not identify its students from the footage. A staff member said police had contacted the school and its students were not under suspicion. SKH Tsoi Kung Po Secondary School and Pentecostal School did not comment on the case last night.

Education sector lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong said he was shocked at the fight, adding it could have resulted from young people's exposure to triad-themed movies or TV dramas.

'They think they are in the movies and a fight can help solve problems,' he said. 'It is time for schools to step up moral education.'