St Maarten police: stop school fights as student left critical
School and gang fights will not be tolerated in St Maarten.
This warning was issued by the Police Force of Sint Maarten after a student was badly beaten following a fight with a student from another school.
The police said on Tuesday (March 17) they received a call concerning a student who was injured during a fight, which took place in the area of Milton Peters College.
When the patrol and ambulance arrived on the scene, they encountered a minor who was dazed and could barely speak.
While being treated on the scene by emergency personnel, the police patrol tried to ascertain what took place, but the victim could not give a clear account of what happened.
It later turned out the victim was injured by a student from one of the nearby schools.
The student was taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Centre for treatment and later flown to Curacao for further treatment, as the police said the victim was in critical condition.
The Youth and Morals Department in Sint Maarten is currently investigating.
The Police Force is reminding students about the zero-tolerance policy when it comes to school and gang fights.
Parents, as well as the community, are also being urged to get involved in trying to alleviate what the police describe as a rapidly growing problem.
The Police Force adds that parents of students involved in these fights should also be reminded that they are partly responsible for the behaviour attributed to their minors.