Mayor condemns school 'bully' shooting

2012-11-21 18:00

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Johannesburg - The mayor of Ekurhuleni has condemned a school-ground shooting that claimed the life of a Vosloorus pupil this week.

"This is an extremely shocking incident, and it could not have come at a worse time, considering that the children are writing their final examination," Mayor Mondli Gungubele said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Such [conduct] cannot be tolerated in our schools."

He said the Gauteng department of education was working to quickly bring the school back to normal, to allow examinations to be concluded.

Gungubele said parents, community organisations, churches, political parties and young people should come together to confront problems faced by students.

Bullying

An 18-year-old Grade 11 pupil shot and killed his fellow student at Phineas Xulu Secondary School, in Vosloorus, Boksburg, on Tuesday.

The firearm belonged to his mother, a metro police officer.

The 18-year-old was allegedly bullied by the late student, a Grade 10 pupil, and two other boys who had stolen his cap and cellphone the previous day.

The youth shot dead the Grade 10 pupil in class on Tuesday.

The Grade 11 pupil will appear in the Vosloorus Magistrate's Court on Thursday to face charges of murder and possession of a firearm.

- SAPA

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