Students to be suspended for role in school brawl

April 21, 2010
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Anti-riot police making sure classes proceeded smoothly

Bahrain’s education ministry on Wednesday said that it would take stringent action against 20 students implicated in a large scale brawl.

The fight broke out after two students had a verbal argument in front of East Riffa Boys’ Secondary School, but quickly degenerated into a massive brawl inside the school, the ministry said in a statement.

Teachers, administrators and genitors succeeded in putting an end to the hostilities, allowing classes to resume.

However, witnesses said that they saw several police cars and one ambulance in front of the school located in East Riffa, 18 kilometres south of Manama the capital. One student said that the brawl was the largest seen in the school and that the police was called in to help with the order.

The ministry said that disciplinary action against the students would range from suspension from classes to an outright expulsion.

“We will not be lenient with those involved in the brawl because we have a zero-tolerance policy towards those who disturb classes and put students’ lives at risk,” the ministry said.

The school is attended by 14-18 year old students from two large towns, East Riffa and West Riffa, and smaller villages. Government schools are not mixed in Bahrain.

         

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