The following excerpt is from a Samoa Observer article (08 May 2016) titled "P.M. blames "palagi" law"
Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has attributed the growing problem of interschool violence to Samoa's decision to adopt a number of international conventions* giving children more freedom. He said these contradict the teachings of the Holy Bible, which should be strictly adhered to.
Tuilaepa made the comments following the closure of Avele College last week as Police investigate threats made on social media in relation to a fight with Maluafou College.
Referring to the Bible, Tuilaepa said Biblical principles bring peace.
"We can't hide this from parents and the teachers that they can no longer control their children," said Tuilaepa.
"It's all because they reached out to these legislations from overseas instead of using the teachings of the Bible.
"Spare the rod and spoil the child is one of the teachings that should be used to deal with children."
The Prime Minister said the lessons he learnt from being beaten by the teachers have shaped him to be the person he is today.
"I would've been another thief out there assaulting people if it wasn't for that beating from the teachers…that is what I'm saying, why should we follow palagi laws when we have the teachings from the Bible?"
The Prime Minister did not mention any specific legislations in terms of international conventions he was referring to.... (emphases mine)
An editorial by the same newspaper on the article followed, to which I wrote the following response:
“.... I have never accepted the principle of "spare the rod and spoil the child." I will be forever grateful for a father who never laid a hand in anger upon his children. Somehow he had the wonderful talent to let them know what was expected of them and to give them encouragement in achieving it. I am persuaded that violent fathers produce violent sons. I am satisfied that such punishment in most instances does more damage than good. Children don't need beating. They need love and encouragement. They need fathers to whom they can look with respect rather than fear. Above all, they need example. I recently read a biography of George H. Brimhall, who at one time served as president of Brigham Young University. Concerning him, someone said that he reared "his boys with a rod, but it [was] a fishing rod". (Gordon B. Hinckley)
“The western [palagi] concept of individual rights is creating disorder in the villages. It is encouraging youths to rebel against the matai and the village councils.”
“... we are trying to introduce and promote [individual rights] that [are] completely foreign, completely the opposite to FaaSamoa. And it is destroying the peace, the harmony and the orderliness of our villages.”