Security ‘drastically tightened’ for pupils’ safety

2010-05-10 00:00

AS PART of its increased efforts to improve security, Raisethorpe Secondary has installed CCTV cameras that are monitored on a fulltime basis and cover every area of the school.

School governing body chairman, Dev Naidoo wishes to quell any concerns parents might have about their children’s safety after a stabbing at the school on Wednesday involving two matriculants.

Naidoo said it was an isolated incident, adding that since the February incident — in which a grade nine pupil was assaulted by another pupil, along with her mother and relatives — security at the school has been drastically tightened.

“The school has over the past months improved security with the sole purpose being the safety of our learners. We view that as a big priority. Very few schools have CCTV cameras with a fulltime employee designated to sit and monitor what is happening at the school,” he said.

In addition to CCTV cameras in every area of the school, Naidoo said the school has added security guards. One guard monitors the gate and another conducts regular patrols in and around the school.

“We want to place it on record that we empathise with the parents of victims. The school has conducted prayers for the wellbeing of the learner and for his speedy recovery.”

Naidoo said the school’s teachers and principal had acted within the ambit of the law in their handling of the matter. “Presently, the matter is sub judice as the criminal matter is proceeding. In terms of the internal process, a tribunal has been convened,” he said.

He said the tribunal and investigations are independent.

THE teenage son of a policeman appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday for an alleged assault on a fellow pupil on May 5.

It was agreed that he will undergo a life skills programme offered by non-profit crime prevention organisation Nicro.

If the programme is successful, the charge will not be pursued further by the state. The 17-year-old allegedly stabbed a younger boy in the face with a pair of scissors.

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