News24

1/4 of KZN private school pupils pro-violence

2012-08-14 14:28

Durban - More than a quarter of pupils surveyed at a KwaZulu-Natal private school were pro-violence, the Mercury reported on Tuesday.

The study, conducted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, found that violence had become synonymous with respect and a sense of belonging among pupils in Grades 9 to 11 at the school, which was not named.

A fifth could see themselves joining a gang.

Boys exhibited a greater inclination for violence, with 16% agreeing that they could see themselves committing a violent crime in the next five years, compared to 12% of girls.

About 28% of pupils had a "positive" attitude towards violence.

"The assumption that public schools are the domain of violence is incorrect," said criminology lecturer Nirmala Gopal, who conducted the research among 100 pupils at the school.

The teenagers were asked to respond to statements such as, "I could see myself committing a violent crime in five years", and "Parents should tell their children to use violence if necessary".

Comments
  • terence.pattison - 2012-08-14 14:56

    Asking a bunch of teenagers about violence is about as much use as holding a referendum on "do you want to be rich". The answers you get will depend on the "coolness" level of the individual and what they think you either want to hear or what will shock. Besides which a sampling of 100 individuals can hardly be called representative. As usual the head line is designed for its shock value not the somewhat dubious content of the article.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-14 18:03

      I would love to know what this extensive survey cost... Also, who commissioned it and how scientific was it? Did KZN Univ also do a similar study at public schools, etc...

      Hugh - 2012-08-15 09:14

      There again has anyone actually taken a look at the demographic of the pupils. These are not the lily white pillars of the future establishments they used to be.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-14 15:02

    Why not have the courage to name the school?

  • chimera.ataraxia - 2012-08-14 15:05

    These statistical surveys are inaccurate and often, the questions are loaded or the data is interpreted to reflect a previously decided outcome. VIOLENCE is a loaded word as well. Pointless headline if you ask me, a statement of the obvious that amounts to no more than panic and doom-mongering.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-14 18:05

      "Parents should tell their children to use violence if necessary". What was deemed necessary? Saving your own life - of course you use violence to stop a rape or to defend yourself. How can this question determine "violence" in teenagers?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 15:13

    A little peek at our future. Leaves one a little sad, but probably understandable when growing up in a country like SA where under achievers rule and violence seems to take priority over real knowledge and progress.

  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-08-14 15:26

    in private schools? what about public schools?

  • lostand.damnedskeptic - 2012-08-14 15:42

    money doesnt buy class...

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-14 16:11

      Amen to that!

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-08-14 15:44

    Violence in schools and in our living areas is due to ourselves - (African)this name implies to every human been born in Africa, we copy others especially western cultures who most of them believe in occult ( a belief of violence and killing) and this culture is well marketed in many films and video songs, magazines and the news papers. Because we are specialist in copy and display, any thing we see and here we take part and we do it more than it suppose to be done. The system of the gun - we used spears and we lived the happy lives came the culture of the gun - even a poor man like me wish at one time have one, for what reason I can not tell. How many of our loved ones died of gun violence - how many of our kids are dying of drugs? The way politics were run in those days are different to nowadays, the so called democracy is killing many innocent people due to western violence influence of divide and rule theory. They will support the loser at all cost inorder that the country must be ungovernable - we have seen this and we are watching this every day in different parts of the world. Our youth, parents and the teachers - we got the task big task of influencing harmony among ourselves. There is one thing I like with Japanese - they got the culture of silence and they control and value what belongs to them, unlike us our own leaders can sale us out for little pleasure of the world - and we don't care what the results of will befall them.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-14 16:19

      Guns dont kill-people do. The bottom line is how you raise your children as a parent. If from small they are taught to hate and be rebelious-they will be. Parenting has gone out the window[not only in S.A. but world wide. Children are left to their own devices from an early age,witness drunken parents beating the hell out of each other and are not given discipline or moral guidance. Too many people expect the teachers to "raise" their childre,however by the time its school going ge it is too late! Parents need to wake up,we arebusy raising a generation of murderers,thieves,rapists-people who have no conscience.

  • jayne.oldewage - 2012-08-14 15:54

    This smacks of a typical sensationalist and biased News24 article! I am guessing a few of the questions were about opinions on corporal punishment.... and now our youth love violence???? WTF?

  • simon.richansen - 2012-08-14 16:55

    Another news24 article that could mean anything. The headline is so misleading its a joke. The writes are kings of generalization and ambiguity.

  • justin.hemming.94 - 2012-08-14 17:05

    My girls(from Jnr Public school) played soccer at very well respected Jnr Private school. Well these so called higher class kids swore like troopers at the public school girls. My girls have never in their school lives be abjected to such classless behaviour from 11 year olds! Money clearly doesn't buy class, but rather spoilt, obnoxious, precocious fat brats.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-14 17:59

    What utter tripe. If I were to choose the questions, I could give you the results of a survey that show have of all kids think there favourite cartoon character should be president. Not only that, but most adults here at this time would agree.

  • emile.nieuwoudt.1 - 2012-08-14 19:13

    The survey needs to be conducted at more than one school to produce accurate results, you cant just use one school to rate the others. The basis of the research pool is to small and it specifies that not all students were surveyed.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-14 20:16

    "research" on a population of 100 people...only in KZN will that be deemed scientific

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-15 06:45

    Whats the point of a survey that has nothing to compare results with - ie, a similar survey in public schools. A bit ridiculous really, and hardly believable - I know as a teenager I would have seen this as a joke and given ridiculous answers to the questions. Waste of money and time.

  • abusufyaan.ahmad - 2012-08-15 08:33

    Sorry, your results are from just one school? then it is an incomplete survey. Please do it again and from schools in different areas.

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