Police working with school following Te Awamutu incident

Police working with school following Te Awamutu incident


Western Waikato Police working with a Te Awamutu secondary school to manage an incident where students obstructed officers attempting to remove a student ordered from the school say the incident is an isolated one.

Area Response Manager for Te Awamutu, Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler, said two officers attended a call to Te Awamutu College about 11am in relation to an agitated student who had damaged the wall of a school building.

"School management asked the officers to remove the student however while they were attempting to do this the 14-year-old boy has resisted them and damaged a Police patrol car.

"Additional staff were called and a number of other officers arrived however before the matter could be resolved a large number of students have left the school grounds and tried to prevent our officers arresting the student."

Mr Ambler said as a result of this another three students were arrested for obstruction and are being dealt with by Youth Aid.

"This matter is definitely an isolated one and we are working with school management to address the issues.

"Unfortunately some widely inaccurate comments about what have occurred have been posted to social media however I can confirm no Police officers and no students were injured in the incident and Police and the school are focusing on the way forward."