Parents moving to New Zealand looking for a better life for their kids may be surprised to hear that their children are more likely to be exposed to dangers they would not have otherwise experienced.
Schools in New Zealand have open campuses with little or no control over who can and can’t enter the school grounds (although some schools in south Auckland now have a police presence) We’ve written before about school invasions where groups of maurading kids from one school storm into another and wreak havoc on defenseless victims, both in classes and in the playground.
Sadly, there’s another reminder today that New Zealand’s notoriously violent culture shows no signs of abating with a child child being attacked by drunken thugs while playing in the grounds of his residential school.
Van Asch Deaf College is a residential special school for deaf children. About a dozen students live on the campus
A 14-year-old deaf boy has been assaulted while playing with friends at Van Asch College in Christchurch. The unprovoked attack was carried out on Saturday evening by two white males as the boy played spotlight on the grounds of the Sumner school.
Two white males, one wearing a blue cap and the other wearing a white cap, approached the boy while his friends were hiding as part of the game. After realising the boy was deaf and initially turning away, the attackers then turned around and ran directly at him. One male punched the boy in the face and kicked him in the thigh. Police said it was believed both the attackers had been drinking…source NZ Herald
Lack of security has been a problem for New Zealand schools for many years, there have been many cases of school invasions and classroom attacks by outsiders. Yet, schools appear to have neither the will, nor the money, to erect fences and gates around their campuses.
An article published yesterday gives more details about the attack
A deaf teenager was “king-hit” and then kicked in an unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled attack at a special needs school.
The 14-year-old boy suffered injuries to his face and leg during the beating, which unfolded in the grounds of van Asch Deaf Education Centre, in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner, about 7.30pm on Saturday.
Police say they are hunting for two men in connection with the “disgusting and cowardly” attack.
The school says it has boosted security amid fears another pupil could be targeted.
But the article didn’t expand on what “booster security” actually entailed.
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