Rise in school sex incidents

2010-11-27 00:00

PUPILS having sex at school is common in Pietermaritzburg, if a survey of schools by Weekend Witness is any­thing to go by.

Of seven schools visited by reporters in Northdale and Imbali, four acknowledged that pupils engage in sex in the school toilets, unused classrooms and on the grounds.

One high school in Imbali is said to have expelled about 10 pupils after they were caught in the act on the football field and in an empty classroom. This was according to a head girl and a security guard at the school.

Abuse of alcohol, drugs and the availability of pornographic materials on smartphones among pupils have been cited as contributing factors.

One security guard said: “Personally I caught about 10 couples doing it at the school ground early last year. Most of the culprits were new in the school. We would beat them up while taking them to the principal’s office where they were expelled from school.”

A senior pupil at the school said she knew of one case in which a girl and a boy, who were a known couple, were expelled after they were caught having sex in a classroom. This was just before the final exams were due to be written.

“As a head girl in the school I get access to many cellphones which belong to pupils, and there are pornographic materials,’’ she said.

However, the school’s principal denied the allegations of sex inside the school premises.

Weekend Witness heard about three schools in Northdale and Mountain Rise where pupils were caught having sex early this year.

“I have seen a cellphone video of pupils in school uniform having sex in toilets. There are schools here that are known to have pupils who have done it,” said one pupil.

Another pupil said in his school pupils were warned about such behaviour after a girl and a boy were caught in the toilets “bonking”.

“Drugs are also freely available at schools. I don’t remember hearing about rape. As far as I know it is always a case of consensual sex,” said another pupil.

The local school sex incidents come as proof that the Gauteng’s Jules High School saga, which involved a 15-year-old girl and fellow pupils caught in a sexual act, was not an isolated case.

KZN Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said besides consensual sex, there are also reports of rape.

“There are a number of cases which have been reported. The most recent reported case was at Nqabakazulu High School in KwaMashu where a girl was raped by two boys of the same school,” he said.

 

Spokesperson for Childline SA Joan van Niekerk said parents should also be blamed if their children engage in sexual intercourse on school premises.

“These incidents take place at schools where there should be monitoring. This happens because of a lack of value teaching and moral behaviour. As adults, community, politicians and the media, we should ask ourselves what are we exposing our children to?

“We have received cases from the Eastern Cape where young boys are gang-raping girls … We can blame technology such as cellphones, but it is not necessary to blame an object as the person behind it facilitated its misuse.”

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