Pupil arrested in Pretoria school ‘gang-war’

A teenage boy was arrested following a ‘gang fight’ in which a pupil lost his ear.

Hoërskool Langenhoven in Pretoria. Picture: Google Earth

JOHANNESBURG - The only alleged attacker who could be identified in this week's apparent gang-related attack at Hoërskool Langenhoven in Pretoria is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

It's understood a rival gang from the Pretoria West High School arrived at Hoërskool Langenhoven on Wednesday, armed with pangas, knives and axes.

They were apparently seeking revenge after one of their friends was bullied.

During the fight, one boy was attacked with a panga, which resulted in him losing his ear.

Three other boys were also injured.

The teenager, who was arrested on Thursday and released into the care of his parents, will now face charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The police's Ann Portman said, "One boy was assaulted badly and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on Thursday morning. He will be appearing in court today."

Just two days after the attack at Hoërskool Langenhoven, parents are now claiming teenage gang-members have vowed to return.

Police vehicles are keeping a close eye on the school following these claims.

The Gauteng Education Department's Gershwin Chuenyane says a team of investigators are currently busy in the school, trying to verify the claims and to determine the exact cause of the attack.

Meanwhile, lessons at the school are continuing as usual.

This is the most recent in a series of violent school attacks.

PREVIOUS INCIDENTS

Earlier this week, a primary school pupil at the Jim Fouche Primary School in Crosby, Johannesburg, appeared before a disciplinary committee accused of assaulting his teacher.

It's understood the 14-year-old grade 7 pupil punched his 41-year-old female teacher in the face after he was asked to take off his jersey because it was not part of school uniform.

In September, a pupil at Glenvista High School assaulted his teacher with a chair and broom while his classmates filmed the attack.

The Glenvista pupil, along with 14 others, have all been suspended.

The boy and his classmates face disciplinary hearings.

Shortly after the video went viral, a Sasolburg High School teacher was allegedly shot in the leg by a 15-year-old boy who had brought a gun to school.