On Friday, chaos erupted at a school in Soweto after a 9th grade student was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 10th grade student to death over an alleged bullying incident.
Steve Mabona, Gauteng Department of Education Spokesman Thaba-Jabula Secondary School in Pimville was forced to close early after parents arrived demanding the boy’s release and students began fighting among themselves.
“According to our information, the incident occurred in the school premises during the break on Thursday. It is alleged that the 9th grader defended his younger brother from being bullied by the deceased 10th grader. He reportedly stabbed the student four times during the fight and fled the scene,” he said.
“The wounded student was taken to a nearby medical facility by an educator and unfortunately died there around 5 p.m medical attention to his wounds.”
Police were called and the student arrested.
The department dispatched mental health support officers early Friday to counsel students and teachers at the school.< /p>
“This process could not continue as some parents stormed the school demanding the release of students. The school was then closed for a day because some students started fighting among themselves,” Mabona said.
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi condemned the violent behavior. “We always encourage learners to report incidents of bullying so that disciplinary action can be taken against the perpetrators. Revenge cannot be a solution,” he said.
“We would like to appeal to parents to allow the school to reopen on Monday so that the school community has the support it needs.
” We send our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased student.”
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