To: The Principal
A Fight in the School Canteen
On 14 June 2011, I was in the canteen during recess between 10 and 10.20 in
the morning. The canteen was noisy and packed. Many students were frantically
pushing and shoving to get their food. As
usual, there were prefects around to control the students and make sure they
were orderly and moved quickly.
I was standing in queue waiting to buy a plate of fried rice. Just as I was
about to get my plate of rice, I heard an angry yell behind me. One of the boys
in the queue accused another of cutting the queue. They began to shout angrily
at each other. The boy insisted he had not cut the queue. Before we could do
anything, the two boys began to fight. They rained punches on each other and
were soon rolling on the floor.
Many students gathered round, yelling at them to stop fighting. Some prefects
dashed over to stop the fight. Another hurried off to fetch the discipline
teacher, Mr Sau. Fortunately, two strong prefects were able to grab one boy each
and pull them apart. The prefects kept a hold on
them to make sure they did not begin fighting again. By the time the discipline
teacher arrived, the boys were sitting apart glaring
angrily at each other. One of the boys began to scold the other but
he was told to keep quiet by the prefect.
Both boys looked very angry. Their uniforms were in a mess and they had
sustained some scratches on their arms. Both of them were bruised on their
faces. One had a sore eye and was bleeding from his nose. The other boy had a
swollen lower lip which was bleeding. Some students from the Red Crescent
Society administered first aid to the boys' injuries.
Mr Sau noted the boys' names and the classes they came from. Ong Chee Meng was
from Form 4 Lili 3 and the other, Lee Boon Keong, who cut the queue, was from
Form 5 Mawar 1. Mr Sau instructed two prefects to accompany the boys back to his
room as he wanted to talk to them. Before he left the canteen he asked us if we
had seen what caused the fight. We told him what had happened and he instructed
the prefects to monitor each queue carefully. Five minutes later, the bell rang
for us to return to our classes.