South Ak community uncomfortable after school outburst

The community around a school in South Auckland feels uncomfortable after a big fight between students at Rosehill College, allegedly involving a gang member.

One neighbor is afraid to be identified and afraid of her whānau.

"I got scared of it and am also afraid of my own whānau here, I just want a transfer now," she says, "I do not need this."

An anonymous source told Te Kāea that yesterday a fight between junior and senior students on the school grounds started yesterday and escalated to 30 students.

It resulted in a police confinement for students and the community.

"Around a quarter past three yesterday afternoon my daughter went to the kura to ask if we could have speed bumps," said the resident, "and we were told by the local police that we had to come back to our whare and stay inside."

Yesterday's incident came from a fight between students on Wednesday.

A gang-related adult related to one of the students went to the school yesterday to confront the students involved.

"He was caught in school and as I said we spoke to him and we take that issue very seriously," says Inspector Tony Wakelin.

"We can not have children, students, parents intimidated by someone and that includes gang members."

Guardians now patrol inside the school to ensure the safety of staff and students.

The police are also present as an extra precaution. However, there is growing concern among the community.

"Why did not they do that before all this happened? Apparently this is not the first time this happened," says the resident.

The Ministry of Education has offered security support and trauma care to students and staff next week.

The police continue to investigate the incidents.

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