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Judiciary tackles problems of family violence and youth justice


Tonga’s recently passed Family Protection Bill 2013 is at the forefront of a ‘Family Violence and Youth Justice Workshop’ being held in Nuku’alofa this week to provide the judiciary and stakeholders with a better understanding of the new bill, that will help tackle the increasing problem of family violence.

via Judiciary tackles problems of family violence and youth justice | Matangi Tonga.

Community organisations join the debate over Tonga’s school violence


They say that while the debate amongst Tongan leaders to find solutions to school violence continues, the community has been failing to talk to the students themselves.

via Community organisations join the debate over Tonga’s school violence | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Recommendation to close Tonga’s two oldest schools to solve violence


The recommendation aims to solve the long standing rivalry between Tupou and Tonga college following the recent violent incident between students from both colleges.

Both colleges were established in the 19th century and hold huge significance in Tongan history and culture.

Indira Moala reports.

via Recommendation to close Tonga’s two oldest schools to solve violence | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Tupou College ex-student: Landlord vows to take legal action


The landlord of the house attacked in Tofoa on Thursday 18 by a mob of Tupou College students undertook to file a lawsuit againts the accussed.

Kepueli ‘Ioane former student of Tupou College and is now serving the Government of Tonga said although his whole secondary school life has been brought up in the college he strongly condemned the students’ action.

via Tupou College ex-student: Landlord vows to take legal action – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Crowd not allowed at Tongatapu schools rugby finals


The finals of the Tongatapu Secondary Schools Rugby are going ahead quietly this week at the Teufaiva Stadium, but without the crowds of spectators who are not allowed to attend, in order to prevent any school fights.

The finals for Grade 3 and 4 were held today, July 30 and the finals of Grade 2 and the 1st XV will be held on Thursday, August 1.

via Crowd not allowed at Tongatapu schools rugby finals | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga radio stations warned against school rivalry talkback


The government in Tonga is warning radio stations against using a violent school rivalry as a topic for talk-back shows.

A former Tonga College student, Taniela Halahuni, has a skull fracture and is in a critical condition after last week’s attack by 147 students and ex-students from rival school Tupou College.

via Tonga radio stations warned against school rivalry talkback – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

22 remain in custody following Tonga student clash


51 Tongan high school students have been released on bail but 22 remain in custody following last week’s clash involving students from Tupou and Tonga Colleges.

Following the incident, which left a man in hospital in a critical condition, 147 students were arrested.

via 22 remain in custody following Tonga student clash.

Boys boarding schools may have to close, suggests church leader


The escalation in student violence is a major crisis for the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, its General Secretary Rev. Dr Tevita Havea said today, and suggested that closing the rival boarding schools of ‘Atele and Toloa for ten years might be a way forward for the schools and the country.He was commenting on last week’s student attack on a house at Tofoa that has left a 22-year-man in a coma and a 15 year old with serious injuries, and 147 students, ex-students and a teacher charged with offences.

via Boys boarding schools may have to close, suggests church leader | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga teacher arrested in relation to school rivalry attack


A teacher has been arrested in relation to a school rivalry attack in Tonga’s capital which left a man in a critical condition, and saw dozens of students arrested.

Ex-Tonga College student, 22 year old Taniela Halahuni, remains in a critical condition in hospital following Friday’s attack from rival school Tupou College.

via Tonga teacher arrested in relation to school rivalry attack.

Tonga College student remains in critical condition


A former Tonga College student remains in a critical condition, with a fractured skull, following an alleged attack on a home by 147 students from rival school Tupou College.

The police say a large group of students went en masse to a residential property where pupils and former students of Tonga College were staying.

via Tonga College student remains in critical condition.