A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a slashing incident at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West on Tuesday (Mar 10) afternoon.
The victim, a 19-year-old, was sent to the National University Hospital for lacerations on his left arm and back, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
A 25-second clip, purportedly of the incident, was uploaded onto YouTube on Tuesday, showing a male in a white top and black pants wielding what appears to be a parang and going after another male wearing dark-coloured clothes.
Responding to TODAY’s queries, ITE College West principal Yek Tiew Ming confirmed that there was a “fight” in the school on Tuesday afternoon.
“We take a serious view of the matter and do not condone such an act. The case was reported to the police and is now under police investigation,” he said, adding that the school will render whatever assistance is required to the victim.
The police said they received a call at 12.35pm requesting for assistance at ITE College West. Upon arrival, officers established a case of voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous means and investigations are ongoing.
Video clips of the slashing, widely circulated on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, showed dozens of students standing by as the attack happened before their eyes. A security guard was also captured standing at the side in a clip.
ITE College West students who witnessed the incident said the chaotic situation went on for about 15 minutes before the police and ambulance arrived.
One of them, a first-year student studying Rapid Transit Technology who declined to be named, said she was having lunch with her classmates at the Piazza when she heard a commotion. She found out about the incident after seeing a security guard running past, shouting: “Stop it!”
Recounting the incident, the 17-year-old said: “I’m not sure if they are friends, but from (the way they) spoke to each other, it doesn’t sound like it.
“(The victim) almost got his fingers chopped off … There was a trail of blood where he walked,” she added.
Asked why she did not try to intervene or call the police, she said: “It’ll be stupid if I attempt to do so because he’s carrying a weapon and my life would be at risk. I might just end up getting hospitalised.”
Another first-year student who declined to be named said he was having lessons on the sixth floor of the Piazza when his class heard a commotion on the ground floor.
“We wanted to take a look, but the teachers asked us to go (back) into the classroom,” added the 18-year-old Business Services student.