School violence linked to homes - CJCP

2012-10-24 14:25

Johannesburg - A recent increase in violence between school pupils is directly related to incidents of violence in their homes and communities, a researcher said on Wednesday.

"The different models of behaviour that young people are exposed to and the levels of care that they receive, play an influential role in determining violent outcomes for youth," said Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) researcher Lezanne Leoschut.

"Findings highlight the association between violence occurring within schools and that occurring elsewhere, for example in young people’s homes and communities in which they live."

School stabbings

It was reported on Wednesday that four pupils stabbed each other during a school lunch break in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.

The Aloe Junior High pupils were taken to a day hospital, where one of them was in a serious condition.
Three of them were in Grade 9 and the other was in Grade 7.

In a separate incident, two youths were to appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for the death of a 19-year-old at a school in the area.

Thabani Mntini was stabbed in the face and chest at Hillcrest Secondary School on Monday. It was also reported on Wednesday that Grade 8 pupil Nkosingiphile Ngcamu was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers at Umlulama Secondary School in Hopewell, Pietermaritzburg.

He died on his way to hospital. On Monday a 15-year-old youth appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court after allegedly stabbing 16-year-old Donald Molefe to death at the Berea Park Independent School.

The two, who were friends, allegedly got into a fight over a pencil during second break.

Molefe's death was reportedly filmed on cellphones by his friends and was circulated on YouTube.

Leoschut said pupils who grew up in a violent environment often regarded it as a "socially accepted means of engaging with others".

Little reliable data

"Ongoing media coverage continuously draw[s] attention to the spate of violence-related incidents within schools in South Africa, resulting in the search for answers as to why this scenario continues to occur," she said.

"There is a dearth of reliable national level data on school violence in the country, which may go a long way in explaining this."

Leoschut said the only legitimate study on school violence was released by the CJCP in 2008.

"The CJCP is currently in the process of conducting a follow-up to this 2008 study," she said.

"This repeated study... also provides the opportunity to explore new and emerging forms of violence perpetrated against youth, such as cyber-aggression and bullying."

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-24 14:38


      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-24 18:43

      It's certainly part of it. But not all of it. Not teaching children impulse control, encouraging instant gratification (by giving in to their demands) and also just imagining that child-rearing tactics of 700 years ago are still valid in the 21st century.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-24 14:39

    I'm not sure that anybody here has anything left to say on this topic, that hasn't already been typed up thousands of times?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-24 14:51

    Home situations very often do influence young children, but when are they going to rise above this and take responsiblity for their actions? Guidance is not only given at home but in our schools aswell. Wrong doing is a choice! Many children make the wrong choice and then seek excuses to avoid taking responsibility for their actions!

      pieter.pan.184 - 2012-10-24 15:03

      @Marilyn: most adults can't even get over the scars and trauma's of their childhood, how do you expect emotionally volatile teenagers too? How many adults walk around with low self esteem because their parents never gave them support or perhaps even mentally abused them. I have seen first hand the damage that an abusive childhood home causes. Grown men struggle to work through their issues or simply live in denial and claim that they are fine, that their parents did a great job. We need to start teaching people how to raise their children in a different way, in a manner that leaves children feeling less angry and more confident about themselves.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-24 19:00

      @marilyn - someone has to teach them to take responsibility. Not every school even has a toilet, let alone Guidance or any of the social responsibility programs. It is also difficult to teach something to a child at school when what they experience out of school is diametrically opposing

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-24 14:59

    False. Linked to cANCer. They stopped the parents from blikseming the kids black and white and shades inbetween. No respect or manners in todays kids as a result.

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-24 16:24

      I do not agree. Maybe you can blame the ANC member's parents for not klapping them in the right direction, but no government in the world will tell me how to raise my kids. And if you are a parent and use this excuse, then you do not have the backbone to raise children in any case.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-24 16:36

      @Petrus...When last did you look at the "Childrens Rights Act". Today Teachers can say a squee word, your child can report you for abuse should you "disciplin" him, eve Police must deal with them in a set manner....the list goes on and on...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-24 16:37

      Should read...Teachers CAN'T.

  • taig.solomon - 2012-10-24 15:15

    This will continue to happen in all communities where access to alcohol is easier than access to education.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-24 15:41

      Very, very good point!!!

  • Mbuseni - 2012-10-24 16:01

    E Hopewell kudingeka amaphoyisa azogada eMlulama ngoba amaphoyisa aseThornvill akhathele awenzi lutho awaphume ayikho indaba yawo awaphume futhi asisawafuni ayabheda kunjena e Hopewel nawo anomthelela,noma kufonywe I fourum ezoqondisa igwegwe emphakathini nasesikoleni,ngoba kuyiqiniso elimsulwa okushiwo umcwaningi ukuthi udlame lusuka emphakathini lungenelele nasezikoleni

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-24 16:23

    There are lots of reasons for this, the violent strikes and the way the ANCYL carry on about was a violence to solve things has a huge part to play in this.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-24 16:28

    I don't think it's worse now than it has ever been in history. We admit it now more frankly; to that extent we have improved.

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