Free State teenagers arrested for burning principal’s office

2011-01-12 09:32

Two teenagers were arrested in Botshabelo yesterday for allegedly

burning down the principal’s office at the Khoroyathuto High School during

protests, according to Free State police.

The pair, aged 18 and 19, was expected to appear in the Botshabelo

Magistrate’s Court tomorrow on charges of arson, spokeswoman Constable

Consolation Mokoale said today.

Grade 10 and 11 students who failed protested at the school on

Monday, wanting to be promoted to a higher grade.

Police were called in at 9am after pupils broke classroom windows,

started fighting, barricaded roads and threw stones.

“They wanted the reports to be corrected, and the management of the

school indicated that any learner who is having a concern about the failure must

come individually with a parent so that the report can be compared with

scripts,” Mokoale said.

“Some of the learners and parents allegedly agreed with the

process, but some did not.

Those who did not agree with the process of the

review started to fight at the principal’s office.”

When police arrived on Monday, stones were thrown at vehicles and a

police van was damaged.

Police managed to control the situation by firing rubber


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