Legislature shown school assault pics

2011-11-02 12:38

Johannesburg - A Congress of the People member showed graphic images of a student who was stabbed at an Ennerdale school to the Gauteng legislature, according to a report on Wednesday.

Hermne Koorts held up two grainy images of the 14-year-old pupil's neck injury on Monday to demonstrate the severity of the incident, The Star reported.

Koorts claimed that the legislature had heard a version of the attack that downplayed its seriousness.

Addressing education MEC Barbara Creecy, Koorts said: "He was stabbed in the neck. He was lying on the ground. He could not fight back. He nearly died."

A 13-year-old Grade 9 pupil allegedly stabbed the boy on July 27 at the Fred Norman Secondary School, south of Johannesburg.

The 13-year-old was arrested, and a disciplinary hearing by the governing body was initiated.

The boy's parents, however, claimed the hearing was unconstitutional and it was abandoned, according to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, on Monday, a Grade 12 pupil at Shammah College in KaMhlushwa, near Malelane, Mpumalanga, was arrested in connection with the killing of a classmate.

He allegedly shot his 18-year-old victim at a school camp before matric exams. The classmate later died in hospital.

  • wesleywt - 2011-11-02 13:01

    How is having a disciplinary hearing for a boy who just tried to murder another pupil unconstitutional? Does the constitution of South Africa protect the right to stab people in the neck? Sometimes teachers and principals should show a pair of balls and take the parents of these criminals on and the education department that protect these criminals. Your only responsibility is to the pupils who want to learn. They need to be protected first.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-02 13:09

    A child has the right to be safe at school. Not stabbed by another child!! The parents should file a criminal charge against the attacker seeing as the school isn't doing anything about it. This child should be up for attempted murder. Who's rights were protected? Once again the criminals'!!!!!

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-11-02 13:28

    Wish the newspapers would have the courage to show the pictures of those injuries. They really are worth a thousand words.

  • Moi1980 - 2011-11-02 13:56

    I understand a parents need to protect their child, but for pete's sake, your child almost killed someone!!!! Not allowing your child to be subjected to a hearing for his actions is doing more harm than good.

      Silvana - 2011-11-02 14:28

      I agree. They are not taught that there are consequences to their actions. That's why we have unruly youth.

  • Elliot - 2011-11-02 14:32

    Soon he will be chasing his parents with a knife around the house. Guess what i will say.Good for you.

  • Peter - 2011-11-02 15:53

    When your dingbat son chases you around your own house with a knife, just tell him, loudly "eeiisshhh, it is unconstitutional to hurt your parents .... eeeiiissshhh !!!

  • Kala - 2011-11-02 16:25

    A disciplinary hearing!!! WTF! Surely this should be in a juvenile court.

  • Johan Kieser - 2014-10-06 12:54

    In South Africa everything seems to be unconstitutional when it comes to proper discipline and justice. It is a form of attack as a means to defense. A primary school girl was raped the other day by three young boys, now the parents of these boys want the charges to be dropped because these boys would now have criminal records. Corporal punishment is the only way to make some of these kids listen as they are disrespectful, much too big for their boots and would never learn how to be decent human beings. Parents and educators are not strict enough and often poor role models.

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