Ads by Google Ads by Google

Two meetings, no solutions yet for rock-throwing

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) has recommended sanctions against the Tafuna High School sports program following a rock-throwing incident two weekends ago, but the final decision on actions to be taken now rest with Education Department director-designee Dr.Jacinta Galeai.ASHSAA held a board meeting last Wednesday to review the 40-second video clip, which appears to show about 20 students from Tafuna High throwing rocks toward a vehicle displaying flags of Fagaitua High School, who won the football championship game that day.The board then submitted its recommendations to Galeai, who took it under advisement and mentioned it briefly - with no specific details revealed - during a meeting on the incident called later by Galeai with officials from DOE, Public Safety, Social Services, Attorney General's Office plus members of the Ituau and Tualauta Coalitions.Samoa News understands that one of the recommendations by ASHSAA was to suspend Tafuna High School from the rest of the sporting competitions for the school year. There are a handful of ASHSAA sports left for the school year.Galeai didn't immediately respond to Samoa News e-mail questions sent last Thursday and Friday.Rep. Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. said ASHSAA's recommendations were not detailed during the DOE meeting but he disagrees with punishing everyone. He said he heard that Tafuna was being recommended for suspension from all ASHSAA sports programs for the remainder of the school year.\Why punish the other sports program at Tafuna when it was football that resulted in the throwing of rocks?\ he told Samoa News over the weekend. \The football season is over and it's football that caused this problem. There is no reason why other sports programs at the high school should be affected.\\Focus on the sport that caused the problem - which is football