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Johannesburg - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has condemned the behaviour of a Grade 2 learner at Dalpark Primary School in Brakpan who brought a firearm loaded with live rounds of ammunition to the school.

GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona said that the learner reportedly brought the loaded gun to school on Tuesday.

"According to information at our disposal, he brought the gun to school with an intention to harm a fellow learner," Mabona said.

The department said the police were called and confiscated the gun and the boy was then taken to Brakpan police station.  

"The father was also called by the police and a case was opened. The learner was not charged and subsequently released by SAPS."

The GDE said the learner was back at school and counselling was arranged for him by the police for behavioural change following the incident.

"The School Governing Body (SGB) has already met with the parents to reinforce the understanding of school code of conduct and the seriousness of the conduct of their child," the department said.

"The meeting has resolved that the learner be taken for further psychological intervention."

Mabona said the department urged all learners to refrain from acts of misconduct in schools and pleaded with parents to assist in instilling learner discipline in and outside the school environment.

"We will act swiftly on all misconduct cases involving learners and educators as they are reported to the department."

Neither the GDE or the police were able to comment or where the child obtained the firearm and if any action would be taken in this regard.