Stabbed pupil too scared to write matric

2011-10-19 07:25

Cape Town - A 17-year-old schoolboy is too scared to return to school to write his matric exams after he was attacked by a fellow pupil.

Tyler Sias was apparently stabbed five times by a classmate at Batavia School in Landsdowne, Cape Town, on September 14, the Daily Voice reported on Wednesday.

Doctors said the attacker missed the boy’s spine by a few inches.

The boy’s mother, Elaine Sias, 43, says her son is too scared to go back to school.

She said she found a screwdriver in his bag, which he was apparently carrying for his protection.

The boy’s father said the school promised to investigate the incident.

A police spokesperson said a 15-year-old pupil was arrested on charges of attempted murder, but the case had subsequently been withdrawn.

  • Neill - 2011-10-19 08:06

    "She said she found a screwdriver in his bag, " WELL THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM!

      Ettienne - 2011-10-19 08:47

      Why is that the problem??? You'd also carry any kind of weapon with you for protection if this happened to you. What do you expect the boy must do? Just go back and smile pretty so he can get stabbed again?

      Neill - 2011-10-19 09:02

      Apparently the he carried the screwdriver with him, before the attack. So you should ask yourself, why would this boy be carrying a weapon to school? Self defense? Doubt it. From what I remember from school, people don't just go around stabbing one another. Someone provoked the situation, and I don't think this boy is as much a victim as the media make him out to be...

      Ann - 2011-10-19 09:53

      Just too much violence all around ... There must be a call for non-violent methods of sorting out differences

      Neill - 2011-10-19 10:31

      @ Ann, agreed, bring back corporal punishment, lat hulle gatte brand! worked for us...

      lcoggon - 2011-10-19 11:07

      How long ago were you at school? And was it a nice private school?

      lorraine.polson1 - 2011-10-19 11:22

      @lcoggon What a ridiculous comment! I didn't go to a private school and those days no-one DARED do something like stab another pupil or teacher! The violence that is so prevalent in schools today was almost unheard of, because NO school would tolerate that kind of behaviour.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-10-19 08:15

    "a few inches" is actually not that close because 3x2.54=7.62cm

  • Deon - 2011-10-19 08:20

    The screwdrivers gang?

  • MuniR - 2011-10-19 08:37

    if this is where it all starts, then a stop must be put. the crime must not go by unpunished, no matter the age of the child...

  • Jerhone - 2011-10-19 08:38

    how is it that the stabber is still allowed to attend school and is not in jail? there must have been witnesses, bring back corporal punishment the little gangster would not be able to sit for a month. But no our wise powers that be will rather spend our hard earned tax money on metal detectors that did not seem to work

      adam.ferreira3 - 2011-10-19 08:46

      I agree with you on the corporal punishment, kids these days have got no respect! But maybe a quick tour/stay in Pollsmoor will teach this little swine where violence will bring him!

  • Mathabiso - 2011-10-19 08:42

    Nah mense this is outrageous manh, why was the case "SUBSEQUENTLY" withdrawn. I say the 15-year-old should be in jail, how on earth should Tyler write his

  • Dan - 2011-10-19 08:50

    Just imagine what a delightful young man this 15-year old boy is going to be in a couple of year's time. Even the 17-year old victom carrying a screwdriver in his bag for protection will probably turn out just as delightful. Viva our education system Viva. In South Africa we actually breed our criminals ourselves. Here we have two youngsters cut out perfectly as future leaders of the ANCYL. No case being investigated? Shocking!!!!!!!!

  • Yar - 2011-10-19 08:54

    why is the little scumbag who stabbed him not behind bars. At least one of them should be in jail. This culture of letting criminals off must stop.

  • mskittylicious - 2011-10-19 08:55

    WTF!!!! A child is stabbed and they don't bother????? What the hell has become of this country?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 10:27

      3 Letters... A..N..C... Criminals have more rights in SA then citizens..

  • Lesleyeb - 2011-10-19 09:02

    Is this what that school system has come to! No discipline, no respect and no regard for the next person. I'm so proud to say that in our school years we knew the meaning of "respect your TEACHERS and respect your fellow PUPILS". If we stepped out of line we knew what was coming. In this day and age its a disgrace to see how things have turned out. And why has the case been withdrawn.

      vaughndumas - 2011-10-19 09:21

      Luckily, not all schools are like that. There are still a few government schools where discipline, hard work and respect come before all else. My daughter is lucky to go to such a school (Afrikaans girls only school in Pretoria).

  • Samantha - 2011-10-19 09:24

    this is just another account of school stabbings, there was one in Kempton Park as well,a child from one highschool was stabbed by children from another highschool- just because of some stupid feud between the two schools- and then parents and children moan and fuss about the kids getting searched at school?????- i would rather there be drugs and weapons checks daily than have to worry about something like this happening to my children-

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2011-10-19 13:20

    Future druglords.

  • yolijvv - 2011-10-19 14:24

    Then let the boy wright his exam in the principal's office - easy as that

  • an0nthinker - 2011-10-19 18:49

    Undisciplined children in today's society is a very big problem. Teachers and parents are powerless to properly discipline children and this teaches children that they can do what they want. What happened to teaching children to use their words? It's as if today's children are a bunch of toddlers who know no better than to throw tantrums, problem is that these are the violent kind. There isn't money for youth centers, or extra mural activities. Gangs and drug dealers rule the streets. It's as if we are living in slum movie.

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