Teen trio to face youth court after alleged assault at Wairarapa farm job training centre

A young person was injured in an alleged assault yesterday. Photo / File
A young person was injured in an alleged assault yesterday. Photo / File

Three students have been suspended and an inquiry is underway after a student was allegedly attacked at the country's largest agricultural job training centre.

Police today confirmed a youth was taken to hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by a group of teens at the Taratahi Agriculture Centre on the outskirts of Masterton yesterday.

Three teenage students at the rural campus are now facing assault charges over the alleged attack.

A spokeswoman at the Taratahi Wairarapa campus said three students were immediately suspended and an internal investigation had been launched after a student was injured as a result of an alleged assault.

Police and ambulance were called immediately and the injured student was taken to hospital. He was put under observation but discharged later that night.

The spokeswoman said students at Taratahi had been offered counselling and support.

Police were continuing their investigations into the incident.

Detective Peter Donaldson said police responded to a report of an assault at the training centre at 5.15pm.

The victim, a student at the rural job training centre, suffered moderate injuries in the alleged attack.

Donaldson said police spoke to witnesses and made three arrests last night.

A 16-year-old male and two males aged 17 have been charged with common assault. The trio were to appear in the Youth Court next week.

The centre is regarded as New Zealand's largest agricultural training centre. Students live on site at its Masterton campus.

It offers full-time courses, diploma programmes, short courses and a schools programme to help students into a rural career path.

- NZ Herald

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