Student shoots classmate at Phambili High School in Durban, parent claims school tried to cover up incident
- Attempted murder case investigated by SAPS after Grade 10 student allegedly shot classmate
- The incident happened at Phambili High School after the couple allegedly argued and started fighting
- Parent claims school tried to cover up incident and Phambili students are out of control
KWAZULU-NATAL – Police are investigating a grade 10 student who allegedly shot his classmate at a secondary school in Durban.
The incident at Sea View-based Phambili High School on Wednesday June 1 left parents shocked and horrified.
The incident allegedly happened after two boys got into a fight and started fighting. One of the boys then pulled out a gun and shot the other. Addressed exclusively to In brief Newsschool principal Londa Luthuli, who apparently took the victim to hospital, confirmed the incident and said:
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“The Ministry of Education is investigating what happened at the school.”
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In an interview with News24, a parent said the situation at school was out of control. According to the parent, students are having their belongings mugged while on school premises and residents are living in fear due to the situation. The parent claimed the school tried to cover up the incident.
Bellair SAPS Communications Manager, Sargent Pam Pillay said In brief News that an attempted murder case was opened on school premises when officers attended the scene.
It is unclear to what extent the victim was injured in the shooting at this stage. A few weeks ago, at the same school, a teacher was suspended for allegedly threatening a student with a gun.
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Residents outraged by shooting
South Africans were disturbed after the shooting and called on the government to intervene:
Kellan Nkundla said:
“Teaching is fast becoming the most dangerous profession in South Africa. These kids are bringing knives and all kinds of weapons to their school. Parents are the problem, not the teachers, don’t even think about blaming the teachers for these unruly children.The government is also responsible because you will never see or hear about this nonsense in private schools.
Martie Jacobs wrote:
“They should start installing metal detectors in schools! How about using the money that’s supposed to go for a flag pole to install metal detectors at school entrances. »
Madlamini Obani-lababantu wrote:
“Nah, it’s getting out of hand now. So much trauma for academics and staff, not to mention the families involved. What happens now?
Gezani Gazza Ndavani added:
“When security guards intervened in another incident recently, there was an outcry over why they were carrying guns and that’s the reason.”
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Judith Rosemary Fourie commented:
“And yet the professor was suspended for having a gun. How are children allowed to bring firearms? »
Phambili High School teacher suspended after using gun to threaten ‘unruly’ school kids, shocks South Africans
In a related case, In brief News also reported that the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education suspended a secondary school teacher from Umlazi district after pointing her gun at unruly students. Furious parents reported the Phambili High School teacher to the department and said she often carried her gun on school premises and scared students.
The provincial head of the Ministry of Education, Nathi Ngcobo, confirmed that the teacher often accused the students of being rebellious and rowdy by pointing his gun at them, according to SchedulesLIVE.
Source: News in Brief