Another student death due to school rivalry
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As Jakartans look for solutions to end the city’s rampant student brawls on the heels of a fatal incident on Monday, a violent clash in South Jakarta on Wednesday claimed the life of another student.
Deni Yanuar, 17, a student at SMK Yayasan Karya 66 vocational school in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, died after being stabbed in the stomach during a brawl between students of his school and SMK Kartika Zeni on
Jl. Minangkabau in Setiabudi, South Jakarta, at 1 p.m.
He was rushed to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital but later died, according to Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto.
Jakarta Education Agency chief Taufik Yudi Mulyanto regretted the incident, especially when the authorities had started to map measures to end student brawls after the death of SMA 6 high school student Alawy Yusianto Putra, 15, in a fight with students from neighboring SMA 70 in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Monday.
“We are deeply concerned that yet another student’s life has been ended in a brawl,” Taufik said on the sidelines of a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission X on education and youth affairs, on Wednesday afternoon.
South Jakarta Police detective chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Hermawan said that the student who allegedly killed Deni with a sickle had been arrested.
The perpetrator, identified only as AD, was reportedly still carrying the alleged murder weapon when taken into custody at the Setiabudi police precinct.
Meanwhile, in terms of the killing of Alawy, police called for the alleged perpetrator FR to turn himself in to the police. FR, according to Rikwanto, was still on the run.
“The suspect’s family should also cooperate. Eventually, we will catch you and you will have to face the law,” he said.
Both FR and AD may face charges of murder and forceful attack with the intent to inflict harm, as stipulated by the Criminal Code’s Articles 338 and 170. Rikwanto also said that FR might also be charged with fatal assault under the Criminal Code’s Article 351. They may face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.
In light of the fatal incident in Kebayoran Baru, 17 alumni of SMA 6 and SMA 70 came to the city police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon to meet with police officials and find a solution to end the history of brawls between the two schools.
Although both schools are considered among the best in the city, their students have a long history of brawling with each other.
“The schools must be firm. They must have the guts to expel students who partake in brawls, no matter if they are the children of military generals, state ministers, or even the President himself,” said former auto racer Alex Asmasoebrata, who graduated from SMA 6 in 1970.
Alex also urged the city’s education agency to be firm on school principals who could not prevent their students from getting involved in brawls.
“[The agency] must also be firm on principals and teachers. They must be transferred to other schools if they can’t do their jobs.”
He also encouraged all alumni from all high schools in Jakarta to take part in the prevention of student brawls.
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