Bay learners arrested for carrying dangerous weapons
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.’