Free State teacher shot

It is alleged that a 15-year-old boy brought his grandfather’s gun to the school and threatened a girl.

Sasolburg High School in the Free State. Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - A Sasolburg High School pupil has allegedly shot his teacher on school grounds, Free State police confirmed on Friday.

It is alleged that a 15-year-old boy brought his grandfather's gun to the school and threatened a girl in class.

When the teacher intervened, the gun went off and wounded the educator in the leg.

The police's Sellwane Matamela says the teacher is in stable condition and the pupil has been taken into custody.

She says the gun appears to have gone off by mistake.

"Accidentally, the shot went off and hit one of the male teachers on his right leg. The suspect ran off but the police managed to trace him. The firearm was found in his possession."

At the same time, Eyewitness News discovered the school recently held a Mr and Miss Sasolburg High School pageant where guns featured prominently in the theme.

Photos on the school's Facebook page show pupils pointing firearms during the pageant.

Some pictures show learners aiming guns directly at the cameras and at each other.

The pictures were uploaded last month.

The school and the Department of Education are refusing to comment on the shooting.

Friday's shooting comes just a day after Eyewitness News obtained a video showing a boy in grade eight attacking a teacher with a broomstick and chair at a Gauteng school.

National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) leader Basil Manuel says these kinds of incidents show major problems with our children.

He argues that the Basic Education Department simply isn't helping teachers to deal with undisciplined children.

"They've passed the buck on to the schools and principals."