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Local and Syrian students in school punch-up

The Syrian students are currently living at Kofinou reception centre

 

Police said on Wednesday groups of local pupils and their Syrian asylum seeker peers were involved in a fight at Lefkara gymnasium which resulted in minor injuries on both sides.

According to police, it was reported that during a break at around 10.30am, while a 15-year-old Greek Cypriot student was sitting on a bench with a female friend, two 13 and 14-year-old Syrians attending the same school provoked them, triggering a verbal exchange.

This prompted the headmaster of the school to intervene, which calmed the situation

However, at around 12.30pm, things took a different turn and a fight broke out between local pupils and Syrians presently living at the Kofinou reception centre for asylum seekers.

The youngsters came to blows, which resulted in seven of the Cypriots taken to hospital where they received first aid for minor injuries before being released. Some of the Syrian students, who were also slightly wounded, refused treatment.

Last week, a 17-year-old male was hospitalised in serious condition after a stabbing incident in a Larnaca lyceum.

The perpetrator, a 16-year-old boy, was detained by police but later released without being charged.

It was said that the stabbing had been an accident and that the two were just playing around.

Earlier in October, the authorities charged three 16-year-old girls in connection with beating a female classmate of the same age in a Limassol school.

The incident had been recorded on video and uploaded on social media.

The victim was treated in hospital after the incident and had to wear a collar.

The beating appeared to be over why the girl had messaged the other’s boyfriend.

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