Hamilton West School students Toni Stensness and Paige Robinson are brave girls.
The pair of 10-year-olds did all the right things when two hammer-wielding teenage boys - not Hamilton West pupils - came through the school late last term and abused and threatened small children. Toni and Paige told them to push-off and went and got principal Mark Penman and teacher Keith O'Donnell who located the pair in a nearby street.
The boys, aged 12 to 13, who had been excluded from other schools, were carrying a hammer.
The incident was brought to the attention of Community Constable Niwha Jones who decided the girls should be recognised for their courage and responsibility.
"I had the area commander's assistant create a couple of special awards for the way they set an example for the other children.
"The girls went over when they saw the boys bullying and swearing at the other kids and were brave enough to do something and to tell the teachers. I am hoping their actions will stand as an example to other students."
Mr Jones said he recognised one of the youths from the description given and soon found out who the other one was.
One has been spoken to and trespassed from the school and will be referred to police youth aid.
The other is out of Hamilton, but when located would be spoken to, trespassed from the school and also referred to youth aid, he said.
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