Wingen Heights pupil stabbed with tin-opener

The pupil received over 20 stitches near his ear and is recovering from the trauma of the incident.

A Queensburgh teenager is lucky to be alive after he survived a brutal attack by his peers outside school, last week.

According to Bhai Singh, his son, who is a grade 12 pupil at Wingen Heights Secondary School, was targeted after he was bullied and allegedly robbed for his belongings at school.

“My son told me that there was a tug-of-war competition held at school so the pupils left their bags in the change room. After the event, my son went to the change room together with other pupils and found that their bags were tampered with. His money was stolen,” the father explained.

Singh further stated that other pupils cellphones and other valuable items were also stolen.

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“They enquired with other pupils, who said they saw a pupil who went into the change room. My son and his friend reported the incident to the principal, who called all involved and resolved the issue. All pupils left after the issue was resolved,” said Singh.

Unknowing that the pupil, who had been reported for the theft of the items, was grudging him, the teenager made his way out of the school gate and was called by the accused.

“He screamed my name and said here is your cellphone. When I turned, the accused stabbed me three times with a tin-opener,” said the pupil, who is still recovering from the incident.

The boy was stabbed near his ears.

“Thankfully, the perpetrator missed his jugular veins or he would have bled to death. A parent who intervened grabbed the accused and he stopped swiping the weapon at my son, if not, he would have killed my son. The same pupil allegedly threatened another pupil in his class with a knife, a week ago, telling him he is going to kill him,” Singh claimed.

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The father added, “We feel that the boy is a danger to pupils at the school. We hope that parents and staff at the school take a more active role in these children so that their behaviour improves and our children are safe at school.”

Principal of the school, Mr JS Govender, said security guards are employed to protect pupils within the parameters of the school and even though the incident occurred outside the school premises, a disciplinary hearing was held.

“The incident was reported to the police. At school level, a disciplinary hearing was held and the pupils were sanctioned to be involved in community service. They are also receiving anger management counseling and social development counseling,” said Govender.

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