Source NZ Herald
“A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful assembly, following a brawl in the grounds of Hutt Valley High School yesterday.
Police said a series of fights broke out shortly before 3pm after a group of three adults and six youths arrived at the school and confronted a student about a previous fight.
The school field erupted into a brawl when about 30 students went to aid their schoolmate.
About a dozen police were needed to quell the fighting and arrest the nine members of the group, who the school’s principal said were wearing gang colours.
All nine were charged with unlawful assembly.”
One of the 2,000 students at the school has published a video of the incident, believed to have been started by gang called the “Wax Assassins”, on YouTube but it was removed soon afterwards.
However, there was an independent account of the stoush on topnews.net by Kohia Dennison which included the photograph shown above:
“After a Hutt High School student was attacked on a college sports field, nine people have been arrested.
It should be mentioned here that the three adults and six youth aged 14-17, who were not associated with college and have been charged with unlawful assembly. They will appear in court tomorrow.
Following a series of fights, which broke out just before 3pm, more than a dozen officers arrived at a spot.
During the violent fight, a cut was received by one female student after a rock was thrown at her.
It was confirmed by inspector Geoff Gwyn; Lower Hutt Police Response Manager that group confronted a student about a previous altercation involving a friend.
Mr. Gwyn said, “The group had been told to leave the college grounds earlier this morning but returned this afternoon and sought out the student. Scuffles broke out after 30 or so students went to aid their schoolmate.”
The “Wax Assassins” are a youth gang from Wainuiomata with links to the Mongrel Mob
An article on the Asia Pacific Forum.net website recently highlighted human rights abuses and bullying at the school, whereby boys were dragged onto the school field and violated by their classmates.
Concerned parents reported the incident to the Human Rights Commissioner and calls were made for a national enquiry into pupil safety and school violence:
“The Human Rights Commission is to investigate schools’ anti-bullying policies to see whether children’s rights to safety are being protected.
The move follows calls for a national inquiry by parents of bullying victims at Hutt Valley High School. The investigation is linked to a study by the children’s commissioner into pupil safety and school violence.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan agreed to analyse children’s human rights concerns after meeting Hutt Valley parents. Her report will focus on “the right to safety and security of the person, the right to education and the rights of victims”.
It will consider how human rights are addressed by schools’ anti-bullying policies and make recommendations in situations in which policies are not protecting children.
The Government unveiled anti-bullying initiatives this year after a spate of school violence.Documents issued under the Official Information Act show Education Minister Chris Carter called for urgent action amid fears that schools were not treating bullying as a priority.Last December nine Hutt Valley High School boys were dragged to the ground and violated by a pack of six classmates.
The victims’ parents wrote to the Human Rights Commission alleging a “systematic failure” by state agencies responsible for protecting children. They asked for a national inquiry into violence and human rights abuses in schools.
The commission has agreed to assist Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro’s school safety investigation, which is due to be issued in February.
The Hutt Valley parents’ spokesman welcomed the investigations, saying playground violence was “a much broader issue than one school … We’re talking about child abuse”.