The National, Tuesday 18th September, 2012
By FRANK RAI
BUMAYONG Secondary School, one of the oldest secondary schools in Morobe, lost a historical classroom to arson in the early hours of Independence Day.
The classroom, believed to have been built in the colonial days, was razed to the ground.
Lae police metropolitan commander Nema Mondiai said yesterday the classroom was allegedly set alight by disgruntled students with the help of criminals over an ongoing school fight.
Chief Supt Mondiai said police were working on finding the arsonists.
Police believed some students being frustrated over the ongoing school fight had torched the historical classroom around 2am on Sunday.
Mondiai condemned the act and said that the future of more than 1,000 students attending the Bumayong Secondary School was in jeopardy.
He said the school fight phenomenon had gone out of hand as the students had now turned to destroying invaluable school assets and infrastructure.
Apart from that incident, Mondiai said Lae city celebrated a peaceful independence anniversary over the weekend.
He said there no major reports of criminal activities unlike past years and commended city residents for staging peaceful celebrations.