Authorities investigate ‘unruly’ behaviour

2018-05-22 06:00

The City of Cape Town Law Enforcement department is investigating an incident involving learners found lying outside Immaculata High School after a food fair event on Saturday 19 May.

The second phase of the event was called off and “passed out” learners taken to Victoria Hospital.

Department spokesperson, Wayne Dyason, says tests were expected to be performed to verify the cause of the incident.

“Though they were found with alcohol we want to conduct a thorough investigation before we come to a conclusion. They could have passed out due to alcohol or other substances. We are waiting on results from the hospital,” says Dyason.

He says police responded to a complaint about unruly learners.

“On arrival the officers found a number of children passed out on the pavement and lying passed out in taxis. The allegation was that alcohol had been given to the pupils from the taxis. Alcohol could be seen in one of the taxis and a female lying in the taxi passed out. Some of them were vomiting,” Dyason says.

He condemned such incidents and advised parents to be careful as they could have serious consequences.

The school referred questions to the Western Cape Department of Education.

Bronagh Hammond, provincial education spokesperson, says five of the hospitalised learners have been discharged and another is responding well to treatment in hospital.

Hammond explains that four of the girls were past learners at the school. She confirms the matter is under investigation.

She says the food fair had gone well until the disco in the afternoon.

“The school had organised a food fair which started at 11:00, with a disco in the school hall from 14:00 to 16:00. The food fair proceeded as planned and without incident.

“Reports of girls being sick down the road surfaced. The paramedics arrived and four girls [who are] not present learners of the school were taken to hospital. They had responded well to treatment and have been discharged. Two learners of the school were taken to another hospital, one learner has responded well to treatment and has been discharged. The second learner is expected to be discharged today. Various reports are surfacing as to what had transpired.”

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