THREE Bougainvillean students have been attacked by drunken fellow students from elsewhere in Papua New Guinea while inspecting building works for a new university campus supermarket.
The two drunkards aggressively demanded a handshake but, when first year Accounting student Gideon Davika giggled, violence erupted.
“Why yu lap? (Why are you laughing?),” one of the drunkards said to Davika.
Then his mate unexpectedly punched Peter Karatapi, a contributing writer to the Bougainville 24 website, also an Accounting student.
The Bougainvilleans retaliated, outmuscling their attackers until other students intervened and stopped the brawl.
The two Bougainvilleans, having a first time experience away from their island, said they were shocked by the rogue behaviour.
“I don’t know where the DWU teaching of ethics ends up in these kind of students who booze and display their strength,” Karatapi said.
“I glean a lot from these [ethics] lessons and try to enhance what my parents educate me with back in the trouble-torn Bougainville.”
Last month a second year student from Malasang on Buka Island was harassed by another student in his room but the Buka student took him down.
Later the harasser returned while the Buka student was out of his room and destroyed property including a computer keyboard.
With this incident in mind Gideon Davika says he finds it hard being away from Bougainville.
“We never do these barbaric acts on their people wandering about in Bougainville,” Davika said, “but here we are becoming victims.
“They’ll never fix their country with such unethical behaviour. I need to complete my schooling and return home where people have manners.”
Both attacked students and a mate from Arawa who was with them remain shocked by what happened.