Seven boys arrested after another incident at Singapore Boys’ Home, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Seven residents of the Singapore Boys’ Home were arrested on Tuesday night (Sept 10) by the police for unruly behaviour and vandalism after they damaged furniture, threw objects out of their rooms, and created a ruckus at the home in Jurong West.

It took two hours for the situation to be stabilised, police said in a statement on Thursday.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development, which runs the home, said nobody was injured in the incident.

The ages of the boys arrested at the home, which houses at-risk youths aged between 12 and 19, were not revealed.

The news comes on the same day as a court appearance by two 17-year-olds who were involved in a riot at the Singapore Boys’ Home in September last year.

The two were part of a group that attacked three adults working at the home, and damaged property as well.

The brutal assault left a 44-year-old auxiliary police officer with an eye injury that is most likely permanent.

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On Thursday, the two teenagers were each sentenced to a year’s reformative training, which means they will be detained in a reformative training centre to follow a strict regimen that includes foot drills and counselling.

The incident on Tuesday is the third in four years where inmates had caused a commotion at the home. All three incidents occurred in September.

In September 2016, 26 residents were arrested by the police for unlawful assembly. They had thrown furniture out of the home’s windows and smashed light tubes in an attempt to stage an escape.

Last September, seven residents were charged with rioting with weapons. They were unhappy with a punishment they had received earlier.

Apart from youth offenders, the home also houses boys who are deemed beyond parental control, or are under a child protection order.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

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