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Durban - Three senior pupils at Grosvenor Boys’ High on the Bluff have been suspended after a brawl in which an outsider carrying a toy gun was allegedly stabbed in the back.
Police said they were called to the school on Wednesday last week and were told that initially two pupils had been fighting.
One pupil, from Lamontville, thereafter allegedly asked a friend from the area to “assist him after school to finalise the dispute from the morning’s altercation”, Brighton Beach police said.
“The ‘friend’ arrived at the school and pointed a toy gun at the Grosvenor Boys’ pupil that had (had) an altercation earlier that morning with a fellow pupil. No person was assaulted with any gun in this incident, and the allegations that shots were fired are untrue and unfounded,” police said.
However after the friend dropped the toy gun he was repeatedly assaulted by Grosvenor Boys’ pupils and in the scuffle one of them allegedly stabbed the outsider with an object in the back.
The wounded friend was treated at the scene and taken to the police station.
The school’s principal, Carel de Jager, said three Grosvenor seniors had been identified as being involved in the assault outside the school.
De Jager said no weapon had been found at the scene and, having viewed the wound, he described it as an abrasion rather than a stab wound.
“The three boys have been temporarily suspended until I have a chance to interview their parents, after which a meeting will be held and a tribunal arranged.”
He said this wasn’t believed to be a gang-related incident.
Local police said they had conducted searches on the pupils the following morning as they arrived at school but no dangerous weapons had been found.
They also said they had monitored activities later that day, but there had been no further incidents.
The provincial police office said the parents of the boys had not laid charges.