Cellphones banned at school

CELLPHONES have been banned at Gelvandale High School in Port Elizabeth, and if concerned community members have their way, other schools in the city may soon follow suit.

This follows the distribution of two cellphone porn videos featuring four teenagers - one of them, a girl, wearing what appears to be a uniform belonging to St Thomas High School (another local high school) - which sent shockwaves through the community.

The decision by teachers and irate members of the city's Gelvandale Police Community Forum comes just days after one of the boys said to be featured in the video was arrested on Friday.

However, attempts yesterday to verify what the 19-year-old was charged with were unsuccessful.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans confirmed the arrest but said the suspect had not appeared in an open court.

"The guy did go to court, however senior prosecutors decided to first have a meeting with both parents of the children embroiled in the sex video. Thereafter a decision will be taken on whether to press charges or not," Labans said.

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