Pupils beat thieves

2010-10-29 00:00

“ATTENTION students, I want all your cellphones”. These were the words of a knife-wielding thug who was one of a group who entered a grade 8 classroom to rob the pupils.

The gang did not expect the reaction their command provoked however, as pupils later vented their anger and beat two of the six robbers at the Edendale school yesterday morning.

The robbers, who were all armed with knives, entered the Georgetown High School in Edendale soon after grade 12 pupils had finished writing their Afrikaans first paper exam after 11.30 am, during morning break.

“Our teacher was in a meeting in the staffroom when the guy stormed into our grade 8A classroom with a knife in his hand. When he demanded cellphones we all ran out and left him alone inside,” said a grade 8 pupil.

The pupils said the young men barged into all four grade 8 classrooms and took a few cellphones. The gang is thought to be from Snathing.

However, the senior pupils confronted the men, who then ran out of the school premises.

The school security guard and pupils, who were armed with sticks and stones, gave chase. Local community members apprehended them and beat them before handing them to the pupils.

“The pupils took them back into the school premises and beat the suspects in the parking lot while teachers were watching.

“Police came when the criminals were lying on the ground. One had lots of injuries on his head while another was bleeding all over his body, and I thought he had died as he could not move,” said another pupil.

Two ambulances and police came to the scene and the men were taken to hospital.

Pupils said there are other gangs who also come into the school and cause trouble. They demand cellphones and fancy school bags. It is alleged that a few boys from the same school are members of the troublesome gangs.

“Last month one boy from our school and three outsiders demanded that I empty my Nike school bag and give it to them. They said they would make good cash if they sell it.

“These criminals freely enter through holes in the fence, which pupils make to leave early,” said a grade 10 pupil.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said no charges have yet been opened against the criminals or pupils who participated in the assault.

“No pupils came forward about being robbed of cellphones,” said Jeevan.

Jeevan said no one died in the incident and no cases were opened.

 

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