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By Jonathon Howe- The Manawatu Standard 4 Sept
"Feilding High School principal Roger Menzies has applauded the actions of two students who staved off an attack by a group of outsiders on a fellow pupil.For details on the other attacks see:
A 13-year-old boy who was not a Feilding High pupil confronted a Year 9 Feilding High School boy outside the school about 3.20pm on Wednesday.
The 13-year-old turned up at the school with a group of older males, some believed to be in their 20s.The year 9 student was assaulted but two Feilding High boys stepped in to stop the attack.
"Basically there was an assault of a student and our kids went to support him, which was pretty good, I think," Mr Menzies said."It's good to see students helping other kids. Our kids did well to defuse it."
No-one was seriously injured in the after-school brawl, despite one of the outsiders brandishing a tyre iron. Mr Menzies said the reason for the attack was "beyond him" but the Manawatu Standard understands the incident was related to a similar fight at the school on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Menzies said he had given the two boys "a pat on the back" for their efforts.
Staff on duty outside the school grounds before and after school would be keeping an eye out for further trouble, he said. A 17-year-old girl, who saw the fight but did not wish to be named, said the "outsiders" appeared to be a group of skinheads.
The fight took place at the North St bus stops but she said the buses were unable to pull in because the crowd watching the fight was so dense.
"As soon as teachers showed up, it started dispersing. Then police arrived and people were being pulled away."
The 13-year-old assailant has been spoken to by police and will be referred to Youth Aid services. Senior Sergeant Nigel Allan said a 23-year-old Feilding man connected to the incident had been arrested and charged with the possession of an offensive weapon.
He will appear in the Feilding District Court on September 16.
Mr Allan said about 150 students were milling around during the fight but only four or five were involved in it.
"It seems to be an isolated incident and we've had some discussions with the school."
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