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Pretoria - The Pretoria Education District has come up with a management plan to address violent incidents in city schools, after a spate of fighting left seven pupils suspended and some injured.
Three schools have suspended seven pupils over the past two weeks, and several pupils have been treated for serious injuries.
“The district has worked on a management plan for inner-city schools to hold parent and pupil meetings,” Gauteng Department OF Education spokesman Gershwin Chuenyane said.
“We will be calling on different stakeholders to address these gatherings, to talk to the parents and pupils (about) bullying and gangsterism.”
These would include police officers, community safety officers and officials from the departments of social development and education.
There will also be talks by the National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro), Correctional Services and faith-based organisations.
Police would also patrol the streets to monitor the situation at all times, but especially after school, he said.
The department’s action follows a spike in violence in Pretoria schools over the past two weeks.
Three of the pupils suspended are suspected to have been involved in acts of violence just outside the Langenhoven High School gates.
Two groups of boys - one from the school and another from outside - clashed, leaving four injured.
An assortment of weapons, including pangas, knives and small axes, was used in the attack.
One pupil was rushed to hospital with part of his ear cut off, another to an emergency room with a sharp instrument stuck in his back.
Allegations of bullying at the school and suspicions of gang-related fighting were given by pupils, parents and bystanders as reasons for the brutal fight.
In another incident two teenage girls from Hoërskool Overkruin were suspended after they attacked a 15-year-old girl last Thursday, apparently over allegations of gossip.
The 15-year-old was kicked and hit in her face and body, just outside a classroom. Her head was banged against a window, shattering the window and sending shards of glass to the classroom floor.
Punches to her nose left her bleeding, and her eye was swollen shut.
The attack was captured on cellphone by other pupils who passed the footage around and posted it on YouTube.
Another two pupils were suspended after violence at Hendrik Verwoerd High School last Friday.
The Grade 10 pupils fought during school hours, and although others tried to separate them, the fight continued, resulting in one being taken to hospital following a kick to the head.
Chuenyane said investigations into the violence were continuing, and counselling was being offered to victims.