Wardens ease dangerous situation at school social
The quick thinking of a Tokoroa High School teacher and the school’s Cook Island wardens defused a situation last week that could have been far worse.
During the school’s social Tokoroa police were called at about 9pm after two excluded students with weapons were seen on the school grounds.
Tokoroa High School princi- pal William Ford said: ‘‘There were two ex students who came in on the school grounds . . . Some students inside (the social) said they didn’t feel safe.’’
Mr Ford said two Cook Island wardens came across the two youths on a routine patrol of the school grounds.
‘‘ They were doing their security and they came across the two boys and they said that one had a hammer and one had a knife and they asked them to leave.’’
When they refused to leave, the two wardens reported it back to the on-duty teacher who notified the police.
The two youths left the school grounds after being told the police had been called.
Mr Ford said the same boys were involved in an altercation with another student the day before.
Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill, of Tokoroa police, said no one was assaulted and no arrests were made.
Mr Hill confirmed that the incident was a follow-on from another incident the day before. ‘‘The police’s involvement was minimal,’’ he said.