School terror

School violence seems to be a recurring scourge that has also become as unwieldy as the pupils who continue to perpetrate it with impunity.

School violence seems to be a recurring scourge that has also become as unwieldy as the pupils who continue to perpetrate it with impunity.

This week Jimmy Magopane, a Grade 12 pupil at Florida Park High School, was stabbed by a schoolmate.

The attack is one of many reported almost every month at schools countrywide.

A few months ago a matric pupil at Nic Diederichs Technical High School, Jacques Pretorius, was killed after being hacked with a sword by a fellow pupil. These acts of violence appear to be the result of serious lapses in discipline and school security

But school security is the responsibility not only of the authorities but also parents, who are equally obliged to help secure our schools.

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