POLICE have started their investigation into the alleged beating of 10 students of Natabua High School in Lautoka last week.
Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police received reports of the beating and would comment on the issue upon the completion of their investigation.
"Police will follow the normal lines of investigation and we will comment once completed," she said.
A school boarder earlier told this newspaper the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He claimed some senior students decided on the assault on the basis of their sexual orientation.
He said several of the victims suffered serious injuries, including broken jaws, swollen heads and bruised arms and legs.
It is also believed that a prominent athlete who won gold medals for the school at this year's Coca-Cola Games was one of the students bashed.
Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal earlier told this newspaper that a report had been submitted to the ministry by ministry officials from the West.
"These allegations are very serious and we do not tolerate this kind of behaviour in schools.
"We'll see what we'll do if facts are proven. We might have to go to the police, provide counselling sessions for the students and we may even suspend some people."