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Cape Town - The family of a Knysna teenager who was stabbed and injured by a fellow pupil at Concordia High School on Wednesday has called on schools to implement stricter security measures to ensure pupils’ safety.

“Children should be safe at school. How does a child get into school with a weapon?” the 16-year-old victim’s sister, Gugu Harris, said.

The incident took place soon after the school bell rang at about 8.15am.

Two boys were allegedly involved in an altercation, during which a 15-year-old Grade 10 pupil pulled out a knife and is alleged to have stabbed fellow pupil Mncedisi Harris in the stomach.

Police spokesman Constable Chris Spies confirmed the incident and said the teenage suspect was taken in for questioning and released into the care of his parents, while the victim was taken to the Knysna Hospital for emergency surgery.

Mncedisi’s sister said: “We were so shocked when we heard what had happened. We couldn’t believe it and just rushed to hospital. My brother’s condition is stable at the moment, but this should never have happened.”

She added that she wanted schools to implement stricter safety measures.

“Each child should be searched before entering the school premises to prevent them bringing weapons to school.”

Spies said Knysna police had opened a case of attempted murder.

The young suspect was warned to appear in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on July 29.

Garden Route Media