Four high school students in Ho Chi Minh City were hospitalized on Monday night after being beaten by security guards of a building where the students held a farewell party before the graduation exam.
The accident happened at around 7 p.m. in the basement of the EverRich Building in District 11. The high school graduation exam takes place on June 2.
The students claimed they had been attacked by 10 security guards armed with plastic clubs, helmets and iron tubes. However, only three security guards admitted to the police they had beaten the students, but without using the weapons.
Police found two clubs and two iron bars at the scene. They said investigation is delayed due to the students' graduation exam.
The farewell party started at around 6 p.m. on Monday, involving two teachers and more than 40 students of the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia High School, on the 5th floor of a Lotte Mart supermarket in the EverRich building.
The teachers left the party early. After it ended at 7 p.m., the 12th grade students continued to talk and joke loudly when they were going down the escalator. Security guards told them to stop making noise.
The students and the guards reported two different stories about what happened later on that day.
The students said when they came to the basement of the EverRich building to take their motorbikes out, they were attacked by more than 10 security men.
Tran Hoang An, 18, the most seriously injured, said Tuesday at the Trung Vuong Emergency Hospital, "When I entered into the parking plot, I discovered my helmet has disappeared. I asked the security guards about it. Then I led my motorbike out. Suddenly, a group of the guards hit my head from behind with iron sticks.
"["¦] They then pulled me to a corner to punch and kick me. They also used the helmet to beat me."
Three other students rushed to An's site to restrain the guards but they were also beaten. They and An were then rushed to the hospital.
Tran Minh Tam, An's father, said his son had black and swollen left eye, congested blood in his head and some other injuries elsewhere on his body.
Meanwhile, Doan Huy Son, chief of security at Lotte Mart, said the students kept shouting loudly, running and jumping on the escalators even after receiving a request from the guards to stop making noise.
In addition, the students insulted the guards, said Son.
Le Van Truong, who manages the parking lot in the basement, said two students told off the guards after finding that one helmet was lost. According to Truong, one of the students hit the head of a guard, named Hoang The Vinh, with a helmet, leading to the fight.
The guards are staff of the Long Hoang Security Services Company, based in HCMC's Binh Thanh District. They have been hired to serve at the EverRich building.
Bui Thi Ha, CEO of Long Hoang Company, said the security guards' activities were "violations."
The company has suspended six guards involved in the fight and would pay all the medical fees for the hospitalized students.
An's three friends were discharged from hospital on Tuesday noon while An was released a day later.
Le Thanh Chien, director of the Trung Vuong Emergency Hospital, said An should have been there for treatment but doctors let him to be discharged so that he could take part in the graduation examination on June 2.