Police launch investigation after fracas at St Kevin’s


June 27, 2020

Oamaru police have confirmed they are investigating an incident at St Kevin’s College that left an 18-year-old with a fractured collarbone.

As reported in yesterday’s Otago Daily Times, a group believed to be made up of about 30 former Waitaki Boys’ pupils entered St Kevin’s grounds, where an altercation broke out between St Kevin’s pupils and the group, resulting in a teenager being admitted to hospital with a serious injury.

Yesterday, Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, confirmed police had received a formal assault complaint from an 18-year-old male and had launched an investigation into the fracas.

The injured man was not a school pupil and did not attend school in Oamaru.

Police were also following up a complaint of eggs being thrown, he said.

The actions of those involved had called into question next Friday’s annual interschool First XV rugby clash, affectionately known as the ‘‘Blood Match’’.

A post on the Waitaki Boys’ High School Facebook page yesterday called for old boys of the school to cease their behaviour.

Waitaki Boys’ rector Darryl Paterson said next week’s First XV fixture would be ‘‘at risk’’ if any further incidents happened.