Boy may lose hand after bullet explodes in it at school

2016-11-29 11:59


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Bloemfontein - A 13-year-old pupil at Odensia Primary School in Odendaalsrus is in a very serious condition in the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein after a heavy calibre bullet exploded in his hand at school on Monday.

The boy, Darius Hay, is likely to lose his hand, said his mother Erika.

He had already lost three of the fingers on his right hand and had an open wound on his right shoulder, she told Netwerk24.

The principal at the school, Piet Odendaal, said Darius and another three pupils had been inspecting the bullet during break. Darius apparently hit it with a steel object and it exploded in his hand.

Two staff members who had been on the school premises immediately called for help.

The police also responded to the incident, said Odendaal. 

Counselling for pupils, staff

Darius was rushed to the Bongani Hospital in Welkom where he was treated and his condition stabilised.

He was then transferred to Pelonomi for an operation. The other three pupils were unharmed. 

Odendaal said pupils and staff at the school were very shocked, and a local minister had given them trauma counselling. 

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng confirmed what happened.

He said one of the other boys' grandfathers had apparently given him the bullet in January this year.

Thakeng confirmed that the police were investigating the incident.

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