[Updated: Thursday, April 18 - 4.30pm]
The male student who was arrested was released on bail on Wednesday night. He is required to report back to police next month.
In a statement sent to Young Post this afternoon, police said they arrested him on suspicion of common assault, and that police from Sha Tin District are following up on the case. When we spoke to the newsroom spokesperson after receiving the statement, they said they would still investigate the indecent assault claim.
Meanwhile, Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School sent Young Post an email, attaching a letter from the school’s Incorporated Management Committee stating: “We’ve immediately handed over the case to the police and right now it’s not appropriate for us to comment on or to make any assumptions about it”.
However, the school pointed out it had always put a lot of emphasis on student discipline, and would not tolerate any violations. They said they were treating the incident seriously. In the letter, the school also said the school-based social worker, educational psychologist, and counsellors would provide counselling to any students who needed it.
A female student was allegedly indecently assaulted by a group of male students on campus at Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School this morning.
A 15-year-old male student was arrested in connection with the alleged incident.
At about 9am, six male students pulled from the female student’s wallet a card related to a game. When the girl attempted to take it back, she was touched around the hip area.
According to local media reports, when the boys held the card up high so the girl couldn’t reach it, one of them touched her breast.
A social worker at the Ma On Shan school found out about the alleged incident after the junior secondary girl student was seen crying on campus. The school allegedly reported it to the police.
The police arrested the 15-year-old male at the school and listed the case as indecent and common assault.
The Education Bureau said in an official statement sent to Young Post by email that they had contacted the school to find out more about what had happened. The school had also formed a School Crisis Management Team to cope with the incident and make arrangements accordingly.
In January of this year, eight students from the same school were arrested after a viral video showed them stripping and assaulting a classmate.
A 39-second video posted on Facebook showed a male student in school uniform being pinned down between two chairs by about seven other students.
His pants and underwear were removed and students slapped his buttocks and twisted his ears.
A school spokesman had said the male students, aged 17 to 19, were arrested for common assault. They were later released on bail.