‘Teacher failed to report stabbing’

2011-08-22 00:00

PUPILS at a high school in Hammarsdale criticised one of their teachers on Friday allegedly for refusing to call police and an ambulance after a pupil was attacked at school. The school’s name is known to The Witness.

The 19-year-old pupil, who is recovering at home, was stabbed with a knife and stoned by five other pupils during school break on Thursday.

The pupils, who have not been arrested, attacked Grade 11 pupil Sphamandla Mkhize and allegedly tried to rob him of his cellphone.

The pupils said the teacher refused to report the matter to the police and to make a call for medical help for the victim.

Dalton Mkhize, Sphamandla’s father, said it was disturbing that children are no longer safe at schools.

“We are happy that he is back with us after all this drama.

“We only want to know how this knife entered the school premises without being seen by the security guards at the gate and why my son was refused help.”

KwaZulu-Natal school governing body chairperson Reginal Chiliza said: “It is sad that our learners are still carrying knives to school, where they should be learning and not behaving like thugs.”

Chiliza said the teacher had to be disciplined for not helping the child.

He also urged communities to assist in protecting pupils at schools.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the police are aware of the incident but they are still waiting for the complainant to open a case so that they can investigate.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said: “It is reported that these learners were carrying grudges from outside school.

“We didn’t hear anything about the [teacher] refusing to call police.”

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