Student brawl kills one in S. Jakarta
Student brawl: Students are involved in a schoolyard brawl in this file photo. Jakarta has seen many brawls among junior high and high school students, with some ending in death. (JP/P.J. Leo)
A brawl between SMAN 6 and SMAN 70 schools broke out on Monday in Blok M, South Jakarta, killing one student.
Students from two schools, which have a long history of brawling, allegedly attacked each other after school hours, Tribunnews.com reported.
South Jakarta Police spokesman Adj. Comr. Aswin said that a first-year student of SMAN 6, identified as Alawi, died from wounds caused by sharp objects. The victim was taken to Muhammadiyah Taman Puring Hospital in South Jakarta. Two other students were injured during the incident.
The police have yet to determine the cause of the brawl. “We are investigating,” Aswin said.
School brawls in the capital remain common despite preventive measures taken by the police and school principals.
The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) reported that there were 339 school brawls last year, up from 128 cases in 2010. The brawls claimed 82 lives, an increase from 40 in 2010. (lfr)