It came in the wake of another incident, at a school in Eldorado Park, where a pupil pointed a gun at a teacher at school.
I also remember a video I saw on Twitter, in which two schoolgirls attacked a female teacher just outside the school premises. Just like in the Zeerust case, the teacher’s sin was to reprimand one of the learners.
There’s usually outrage when a teacher attacks a pupil at school, but when the roles are reserved, many of us turn a blind eye. It’s as if teachers don’t have rights in this democracy.
These incidents, for me, are a failure of parenting at both family and community level. How can your child own a gun or take a weapon to school, or belong to a gang, without your knowing about it?