Media urged to 'bury' student wars

A brawl of vocational students on Phetkasem Road in Bangkok on Aug 25.

The media has been urged to reduce its coverage of violent student brawls as criminal gangs are believed to use these to scout new recruits to bolster their networks, a seminar heard on Friday.

The seminar on brawling among vocational students was jointly held by the Youth Network For Reducing Risk Factors, Ban Kanchanapisek Vocational Juvenile Training Centre for Boys, and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

It was held after two groups of vocational students fought on Aug 25 near Soi Phetkasem 36 in Phasi Charoen district. Witnesses said hand grenades were lobbed before the main attack was launched. One student lost his left arm while another was seriously injured.

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