Bullying at school raises concerns from page 1

2016-11-03 06:00

“We told them to reconcile. Some of the pupils were carrying dangerous weapons. We told them to stop fighting - we hope they got the message,” he said.

Nkosibomvu principal Sifiso Cebekhulu confirmed that pupils from his school were at loggerheads with pupils from a nearby school.

“We can confirm that there was a gang fight involving our pupils and a pupil from Fairbreeze Secondary. We called a meeting on Thursday and invited parents in bid to resolve the issue. We confiscated weapons from some of the pupils. One pupil was in possession of pepper spray, and it was also confiscated,” he said.

Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Manisha­ Maharaj-Marie said the police responded.

“Police attended to a complaint at school. There was no case opened,” she said.

In a separate incident, three teenage girls from Belverton Secondary in Tongaat were suspended from the school for unruly behaviour after a video emerged on social media, which showed the three girls involved in a fight.

A teacher from Belverton, who did not want to be named, confirmed that the Grade 9 pupils were suspended for unruly behaviour.

“The incident took place outside school premises. We called parents and the police and the matter was resolved the following day.

“The three girls were suspended from school until further notice.

“From our side, as the school, we have no idea why the pupils were fighting,” he said.

Tongaat residents vented their anger on social media­ when the video showing the girls fighting went viral­ last week. However, police spokesperson Maharaj-Marie confirmed that no case had been opened.

Spokesperson for KZN Department of Education Sihle Mlotshwa condemned incidents of violence at schools.

“From the beginning of the year our teachers have been working hard to teach pupils and equip them with necessary skills. However, along the way we had incidents of violence in some of the schools.

“We strongly condemn all kinds of mischievous behaviour at schools. During this time of the year when pupils are writing exams parents and teachers must work together to ensure that the children excel in exams­.

“As the department we are against the suspension of pupils at this time of the year [during exams].

“All pupils must write their final examinations,” he said.

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