Pupil shot after dare goes wrong

2011-11-22 21:06

Johannesburg - A boy was arrested after a fellow pupil was shot outside their Vanderbijlpark primary school on Tuesday, police said.

Warrant Officer Kinnie Steyn said the 14-year-old boy, who was apparently dared by friends to bring his father's firearm to school for R50, allegedly shot the 12-year-old girl around 13:45.

The boy fled and was apprehended by pupils who witnessed the shooting.

Police arrested the boy after being called by two teachers who took the wounded girl to hospital.

Steyn said a case of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm had been opened and that the boy's father had been charged with negligence.

The boy was expected to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

  • Tim - 2011-11-22 21:24

    ban the sale of guns. Only hunting rifles may be permitted. No pistols, revolvers or any of that sh*t should be sold in SA. God alone knows why anyone wants to own a gun. I've never owned one and have no interest in that sh*t

      Power - 2011-11-22 21:41

      Great idea Tim. Do us one favour please. Tell that to the criminals and make them obey that law. No smuggling of firearms, stealing, etc. Until then, I will keep my 357 to protect myself in a case of emergency in my house.

      sefeddt - 2011-11-22 22:01

      Irresponsible gun owners should be banned, not guns.

      MWF - 2011-11-22 22:10

      You sir are a moron. This was purely the fault of the Father who contravened the Firearm Act by not having his firearm in his safe or on his person. Period. Kids will be kids. In South Africa crime is out of control. We have a murder rate of around 45+ every single day, not deaths, MURDER! Our police can't help, armed response can't help. A gun is a very scary thing - if you are not scared of it, you do not respect it and thus shouldn't own it. I have been burgled twice over the last three years. Both in different houses and both WHILE MY WIFE AND I WERE IN OUR BED. Let me tell you, given the above stats, when your alarm goes off at 3am, and after you eventually realise that it is NOT false alarm and that there are criminals IN YOUR HOUSE with you and all you have to protect yourself is a kitchen knife, the overwhelming sense of fear and vulnerability that hits you is indescribable. It is at that moment, that the thought of replacing the knife with a gun becomes crystal clear. My brother has also been hi-jacked, pistole whipped and mentally tortured (laying him on the ground on his stomach with the cold barrel of an illegal firearm at the back of his head, toying with him, cocking the gun, threatening to pull the trigger) while tazzing his passenger for kicks. But perhaps you're right, we should just turn the other cheek!? The gun I own is sitting in a shooting range safe and has done for 3 years, while I await an incompetent SAPS to issue my license. +1 Pro Gun SA

      Koosie - 2011-11-23 01:28

      Guns don't kill people...people kill people

      godesha - 2011-11-23 06:12

      And a hunting rifle can't kill I suppose?

      gillian.sanderson - 2011-11-23 08:57

      Oh, but its okay to own a hunting rifle so you can go shoot a couple of wild animals! I'd rather have the wild animals thank you very much . . .

      Hannelie - 2011-11-23 09:26

      Tim what world do you live in?????????????????? We own firearms & regularly go a shooting range to practice our skills, this includes taking our 12yr old daughter with and letting her shoot with a REAL gun & REAL bullets. This story just goes to show if you are ignorant about firearms then you will carry the consequences. We have for the last 12yrs of my daughters' life explained, taught and showed her the proper use, safety and reasons for owning a firearm. Even at her age she knows exactly how to handle any firearm and we have been told numerous times by various instructors at the shooting range that she is brilliant with the rules of handling a firearm. At the end of the day the firearm is not the problem, its the hand that holds it! You and your ignorance will be the end of all that you hold close to you, hope you never find yourself in a situation where you have to look down the barrel of an illegal gun without protection of your own.

      Mervin - 2011-11-23 09:47

      So Ok Tim. What happens when some1 breaks into your home and rapes your wife. You going to stand by and watch, or shoot the bastard.

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-11-23 10:21

      @ Tim. Good for you mate. I have a legal firearm and will not hesitate to use it if the need arises. It's the people, like you, who keep advocating the banning of legitimate firearms that are one of the major reasons that innocent people keep getting get killed. After all, legal firearm owners actually generally obey the laws and know how to use their firearms. Without our legal firearms, we are defenceless against the criminals and even more people will die. Why don't you rather spend your energy helping us to rid this country of the illegal firearms instead of wasting your time critisising us who are legitimate gun owners. My sympathies to the injured girl and I sincerely hope that she will recover fully from this dreadful experience. With regards to the father (owner of the firearm), they should throw the book at him. After all, he is supposed to keep the weapon safe and out of the hands of his child which he has clearly failed to do.

  • tracy.moller - 2011-11-22 21:37

    Goes to show how run of the mill guns have become. That this child's father didn't have the sense to practice proper gun safety. How desperate must this child have been to want the R50?

  • Farouk - 2011-11-22 21:37

    tim,when the hijackers shove a pistol in your mouth then you must tell them that pistols should be banned

  • Princesa Xzaviera - 2011-11-22 21:52

    Well its not exactly like they go to school to learn, if they're asked about soapies... What's left for these lost souls to do, but enter 'dares'. This is absolutely tragic, and should be a lesson to all kids that it takes seconds to end a life, and change your own. All parents should show this to their children. As parents, let's do the best we can to educate our children at home. I hope the girl gets well soon. What trauma for both kids! And why the hell was the gun not in a safe?!

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2011-11-22 21:58

    I DARE U. . . . . ,

      Power - 2011-11-22 22:21

      Ramudzuli, I do not understand ?? Who do you dare to do what ?? To backchat hijackers ?? If so, why ???

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2011-11-22 23:35

    Firstly, guns don't kill people, people kill people. I for one am pro-gun. For now at least until all criminals are disarmed. Once that happens then by all means disarm the public. Secondly, legal guns are rarely involved in violent crime. With regards to murder suicides, gun owners should have constant psychiatric evaluations. not once yearly, constant. Things change drastically from day to day and I believe that should you be in a stressful situation and have a firearm you need constant therapy. Thirdly, As a responsible gunowner the firearm should never have been within the reach of a teenager. Parents should realise that teenagers are impressionable and do things like this to be cool. Fourthly the father should be charged with attempted murder and have his license revoked. The kid should go for counselling and be charged with a minor offense. The major offense here is that a girl got hurt because of the father's neglegence. My dad had a pellet gun and at no time was I allowed anywhere near the thing without adult supervision. Until SA is safe I will be in support of guns but until then, gunowners please act responsibly.

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2011-11-23 04:26

    Bring up your kids properly and lock your gun away! I knew better as a kid not to go anywhere near my dads gun, the safe or even discuss it with friends!

  • nikki.bodenstein - 2011-11-23 04:27

    Uhh no Tim, don't be a poephol. Clearly a case of poor parenting and an irresponsible gun owner. Case closed!

  • Steve - 2011-11-23 06:53

    Ban guns ..... I thought illegal posession of a gun was illegal. Get the cops to enforce laws we already have. Yes, I have been face down in wet grass with a gun to my head while they took everything I had with me ....

      Deon - 2011-11-23 09:01

      It was not an illegal gun, but in the wrong hands.

      Christopher Hart - 2011-11-23 19:34

      I've also been shot at, had a gun shoved in my face, threatened to be killed, etc. But the people who want to ban guns always forget that ITS NOT THE GUN WHO KILLS IT IS THE PERSON WHO IS HOLDING THE GUN. Ban guns! I think that there is a better chance of a MAN FALLING PREGNANT than guns being banned.

  • Cynthia - 2011-11-23 09:01

    The parent should be given a massive fine and do time if they are so negligent as to leave their gun where a child can get hold of it. It was fortunate that the young girl wasn't badly hurt otherwise her life would have been worth only R50.00. Makes you think doesn't it?

  • Christopher Hart - 2011-11-23 19:26

    oh well they wont be able to lay the blame on this shooting on a violent video game. But it the father has 2 brain cells to rub together to make a third for some common sense the idiot should have locked the gun away or kept it on himself and not let his kids handle it.

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