Weapons, drugs found at KZN school

2012-03-16 11:28

Durban - Weapons and drugs were confiscated from pupils at a school in Lindelani, north of Durban, the Mercury reported on Friday.

A hunting knife, a screwdriver, a rusty pair of scissors and eight packets of dagga were seized from pupils on Thursday when education MEC Senzo Mchunu visited Mandlenkosi High School.

Mchunu visited the school with his provincial task team and police.

He sent home 500 pupils who had arrived late, saying it was unacceptable to be "famous for drugs and a 34% pass rate", the Mercury reported.

The department's task team collected evidence and would investigate teachers' qualifications and the pupils' work.

  • Derk - 2012-03-16 11:51

    another normal day in the new South Africa

      Vimalin - 2012-03-16 13:17

      17 yrs, not so new anymore

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:34

      You can't really blame the kids, just look at their "role models"!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-16 16:00

      i blame stupid people!

  • Linda - 2012-03-16 12:16

    I wonder how many "pupils" are in their 20s- with no hope of actually using any education - but who continue at the school because it gives them easy access to potential customers and girlfriends.

  • Roann - 2012-03-16 12:25

    another article to harm the view of a harmless plant.

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:36

      From what I remember at school the "rokers" were not that harmless. Don't underestimate the bad caused by your harmless weed.

  • Buzz - 2012-03-16 12:36

    Wouldn't be news worthy if the kids had been found with cigarettes, but a significantly safer and illogically illegal plant gets a headline. Honestly folks, let's take the failed war against a persecuted plant on the chin and set the weed free. Stories such as these only highlight the hypocrisy of the silly dagga laws.

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:41

      If you legalize zoll smoking at school, I guess your logic could then not argue against legalising alcohol consumption at school. I'm happy to legalise the stuff - but for over 18's and it should not be consumed at school or work. I have some rokers working for me - they are far less intelligent than they think they are - and the scary thing is once they've smoked a bit they honestly believe they are wise when actually they become as dumb and dull minded as planks!

      Buzz - 2012-03-19 14:11

      @ Peter: By no means advocating for children having access to grass, just highlighting how an obviously more dangerous substance (tobacco) is completely ignored in this article when I have no doubt that cigarettes were also found on the kids.

  • shazyrat - 2012-03-16 12:43

    "harmless plant" AND rusty pair of scissors, screwdriver and hunting knife - hardly what a learner needs in the classroom

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 14:30

      Don't know what sort of school you went, but mine had loads of... Scissors - What else were we supposed to use before cutting something to pritt it, our teeth? Sad that they have rusty scissors at this school, might be the only pair they have. Screw drivers - How else were we supposed to apply ourselves to the technical aspects of removing or inserting screws, with our finger nails? Knifes - What are these poor pupils going to cut the crusts off of their sarmies, their shoe soles? Realistically though, if they'd searched the teachers they would have probably found more than what was on the pupils. Did we honestly need to spend thousands if not hundreds of thousands of tax payer rands doing a job that the school employees should be able to do themselves or get fired for a lack of doing?

  • Ze Don - 2012-03-16 12:52

    So now it's a crime not to keep your scissors clean & rust free... I wonder how many sharp pencils were confiscated?

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-03-16 12:53

    So, what will happen to the ones that had all those stuff?

      Peter - 2012-03-16 14:42

      Well its not very difficult stuff to replace, is it? (besides maybe the hunting knife)

  • braamc - 2012-03-16 17:29

    Fine bunch of black kids

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-06-05 11:43

    Any books found?

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