As the day progressed further details have been released about the alleged vicious attack that was perpetrated on an 16 year old international student at a South Island college on Thursday last week.
“The arrest of two students at Nelson College in connection with a serious assault and mugging on another student at the school has “stunned” the school’s principal.
“We are devastated. I’ve got people in tears, staff members. We are really, really shocked by the whole thing,” Nelson College headmaster Gary O’Shea said.
“It’s going to be very difficult. The school is going to find this very difficult. It’s very unsettling when it’s within your own community.”
The students, who were of the same nationality, were arrested yesterday…” more in the Nelson Mail
Two teenage boys have already appeared in court and were refused bail. A third student was questioned by police but not charged.
According to an earlier report
“The pupil was allegedly attacked by three people he boarded with in the school’s hostel, police said yesterday. They described the attack as prolonged, with the victim being punched and kicked.” source
The nationality of the injured student and his attackers has not been released.
Update 12 June 2011:
Two Nelson teenagers have admitted viciously beating a 16-year-old schoolmate in an hour-long ordeal before ordering him to strip to his underpants and lie in a crucifixion position while they mocked and took photographs of him… more here
They are due back in court on 22 June.
In March 2008 three Korean students from Nelson College were subjected to an alleged racist attacked in the town of Nelson
Publicity over boarders caught growing cannabis and a racist attack on three Korean students earlier this year are partly behind a fall in Nelson College’s international student enrolments, its headmaster says.
Gary O’Shea said he “optimistically” expected there would be about 40 international students at the college next year, down from 50 this year.
Each international student paid $12,000 in tuition fees and a further $8700 if they boarded at the school, he said.
Last month, 11 boarders were discovered growing cannabis on college land in hills behind the school. As a result, five were forced to leave the school.
In March, three international students from South Korea were attacked by two men outside a Waimea Rd dairy in a racially motivated assault.
College board of trustees chairman Hugh Riley said at the school’s senior prizegiving that publicity around the cannabis incident was going to have a “financial cost”, with a drop in the number of international students and boarders predicted.
Mr O’Shea said: “Clearly, the racism publicity around the assault hasn’t helped either, but we just have to deal with it.”
Racism towards people from Asian backgrounds was a national issue, he said..” source Nelson Mail
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