Bay learn­ers ar­rested for car­ry­ing dan­ger­ous weapons

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

THREE Richards Bay Sec­ondary School learn­ers were ar­rested on Tues­day af­ter­noon for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous weapons.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, a fight broke out out­side the school premises along Cin­na­mon Cres­cent just be­fore 2pm, and when po­lice ar­rived they found three young­sters in pos­ses­sion of dif­fer­ent weapons.

Richards Bay SAPS Com­mu­nity Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Capt Deb­bie Fer­reira, said the sus­pects, aged 18 and 19, were ex­pected to ap­pear in the Richards Bay Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

While the ar­rests were made out­side the school premises, Fer­reira urged learn­ers to re­frain from carry dan­ger­ous weapons to school as it is a crim­i­nal of­fence.

‘We have had mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents of vi­o­lent out­breaks at school premises this year and we en­cour­age learn­ers to not use vi­o­lence as a method to re­solve is­sues.

‘Vi­o­lence in schools re­mains a con­cern for the po­lice and we have seen many young learn­ers be­ing killed in school fights in the prov­ince.

‘An ar­gu­ment or quar­rel can quickly es­ca­late into a fight and turn nasty. Learn­ers must un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of such acts as it can even end in tragic ways if a per­son is fa­tally in­jured,’ said Fer­reira

The lat­est in­ci­dent has sparked an out­cry from the com­mu­nity who are con­cerned about the safety of their chil­dren.

One con­cerned par­ent said he is wor­ried about the fu­ture of these young­sters who are di­min­ish­ing their chances of ful­fill­ing their dreams and work­ing to­wards a suc­cess­ful ca­reer one day.

‘I have one daugh­ter in this high school and an­other pos­si­bly en­rolling next year.

‘I do not have much of a choice where I can send my girls to. It is a good school pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion at an af­ford­able price, but the on­go­ing vi­o­lence is a ma­jor con­cern.

‘I will look to en­gage with the School Gov­ern­ing Body as a con­cerned par­ent.’

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